Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, displayed excellent form during the seven-match T20I series against England by scoring 285 runs. In the second T20I, he again produced unbroken innings of 110 not out. Javed Miandad, a former captain of Pakistan, has asked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ask Babar if serving as captain is wearing on him. He added that PCB and Babar should have clear lines of contact.
His remarks come after Babar has been criticized for his strike rate. “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.
Before the 2019 Australia series, Babar was named the shortest format captain of Pakistan. He assumed the leadership of the ODI and Test teams the following year. “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.