Muhammad Azharuddin backs Babar Azam as Pakistan’s captain:
The former Indian captain Muhammad Azharuddin backed Pakistan batter Babar Azam’s captaincy. The former Indian great, while speaking to the journalists in Abu Dhabi, says that you cannot label someone as bad or good captain on just one or two years’ performance. He was also reported as saying that in T20I, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam needs to rethink his batting position.
While answering the questionnaire, the former India skipper said, “You can’t judge a player as captain that quick. He is new to this job. I am sure he will learn. A player should be judged as a captain after a few years in the role, and I believe Babar should be allowed to continue as one.”
After observing Babar Azam’s recent struggles as the T20I opener, the veteran cricketer suggested Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam to change his batting position in this format.
“We have recently seen that he has struggled against swing. If he is struggling, then he must change his batting position. If I was in the Pakistan team’s dressing room, I would’ve certainly advised him to consider changing his batting position. As he (Babar Azam) is not a natural opener. So I think shifting to number 3 or 4 will help him and Pakistan.”
Replying to the question about young fast bowlers of Pakistan, the former Indian said, “I’ve seen them getting injured quite often. They must work hard on their fitness, as it is never easy for any bowler to regain the same rhythm after coming back from an injury. Otherwise, Pakistani bowlers are very good.”
From the past eight months, Pakistan cricket has seen quite lows apart from a tri-series win in New Zealand and reaching T20 world cup and Asia Cup final. After a barren home season, Pakistan captain Babar Azam faced enormous criticism which coupled with the coming of new management at the PCB and their ambitions to introduce split captaincy has brought Babar’s throne as a captain under threat.