Usman Qadir stated that friendships do not guarantee a position on the team; only a convincing performance can do that.
Usman Qadir, a leg-spinner, makes it clear that performance and ability, not interpersonal connections, are what ultimately define a player’s spot in the Pakistani team.
Pakistan Team Selects Usman Qadir
A leg-spinner, has adamantly asserted that his selection to the Pakistan cricket squad was completely based on his abilities and efforts. Contrary to popular belief, Qadir insists that his merit and accomplishments were the main deciding criteria, not his close friendship with Captain Babar Azam.
Usman clarified the dynamics of team selection in a special chat with Cricket Pakistan. He claimed that his friendship with Babar Azam began during their under-15-level cricket trials.
Contrary to popular belief, he emphasized that Misbah-ul-Haq, a former captain and coach, and not Babar, was responsible for his participation.
Usman Qadir relationship with Babar Azam
“My relationship with Babar dates back to when we were both under 15 and participated in trials. Babar didn’t necessarily bring me into the team; I only joined it after he was named captain. Misbah-ul-Haq was the one who recruited me into the team. I already indicated that Babar didn’t help me join the team, and I can see why. His team is not this one; Pakistan’s team is. Even Babar has admitted as much, Usman stated.
The bond between the two has drawn more attention from a variety of sources, which Qadir admits. He is aware that both players are now under more pressure to perform as a result of this focus. Despite cherishing his relationship with Azam, Qadir acknowledges that sometimes the focus on their friendship has eclipsed his performance on the field.
According to the individual, who is 29 years old, having a friend like Babar can occasionally have more negative effects than positive ones, such as increased pressure.
Criticism due to association with Babar
If the criticism focuses on my association with Babar, then I shouldn’t have ever left the team in the first place. In reality, he continued, “Babar’s friendship has done me more harm than good because it has always put more pressure on both of us equally.
Usman, who has only appeared in 23 Twenty20 Internationals and one One Day International, feels he hasn’t been given enough opportunities to show that he can be a better match performance for the national squad. It was on September 25, 2022, against England, that he last appeared for Pakistan.