“Babar is a world-class batsman but the board should ask him if captaincy is taking a toll on him,” says Javed Miandad ￼
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has advised Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ask Babar if captaincy is taking a toll on him and he also added that the communication should be clear between Babar and PCB.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam showed great performance in the seven-match T20I series against England as he scored 285 runs in seven games.
He also played an unbeaten knock of 110 not out in the second T20I. However, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has advised Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ask Babar if captaincy is taking a toll on him.
He also said that the communication should be clear between Babar and PCB.
“Babar is a world-class batsman. But the board should ask him if captaincy is taking a toll on him. There needs to be an honest conversation between him and the board. If he feels he can’t both perform with the bat and lead in the field, then the captaincy should stay with him. However, the board should clarify to Babar that he is their preferred choice for captain,”Miandad told Cricket Pakistan.
Babar was named captain of Pakistan in the shortest format ahead of the 2019 Australia series. In the following year, he took over ODI and Test captaincy.
“The players need to think of playing for Pakistan first. Once you want to deliver for Pakistan, you will automatically put an extra effort whether you’re bowling, batting or fielding,”said Miandad.
“Pakistani players need to realize that they are good that is why they’re in the final eleven. The question of whether you’re good enough shouldn’t be there. You are good, now you just have to deliver what you’ve been asked to do on the day,”he added.
The upcoming T20 World Cup will be played in Australia from October 16. The tournament high-octane clash between Pakistan and India will be played on October 23. The fans are eagerly waiting for the clash while all eyes will be on Babar Azam and Virat Kohli’s form.
India Squad for T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh. Standby Players: Mohammad Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.
Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir. Standby Players: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani.