Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan sees Babar Azam leading across all the three formats in future, saying, the young prolific batsman has proved the decision of appointing him as captain of the limited-overs formats as right.
While citing the example of former South Africa skipper, Graeme Smith, who was also asked to shoulder the responsibility of captaincy at a young age, Wasim said Babar was the Men in Green’s future captain, across all formats.
“Look at Graeme Smith, he was 23 when he was made captain and look at his record. I think before you give someone the captaincy, you have to understand what kind of individual they are.
Can they handle the pressure? Is it going to affect their game?” said Khan.“So far Babar has proved that the decision was right. He is our future captain across all three formats,” he said in an interview.
“But we have to develop 11 leaders which we haven’t done for a very long time.In the past, we have relied on one or two players to be the leader,” he said.
On Pakistan’s upcoming tour of England, Wasim said it was important to get cricket up and running without compromising the health and safety of players.
“It is important to get cricket back on but we will not put the health of players in any danger whatsoever.We have worked closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and we are confident about having a safe tour.
“He also highlighted the importance of managing people while answering a question about whether high-profile appointments in Pakistan coaching staff would lead to a clash of egos.“In order to be successful in cricket, players have to be single-minded which means they will have an opinion but I think understanding and working together as a team is very important.We thought long and hard before making these decisions and everyone is clear about their roles and responsibilities.”
As of April 2020 Babar has scored 16 international centuries, five in Test matches and 11 in One Day Internationals. He was the leading Test run scorer for Pakistan in both 2018 and 2019 and leading ODI scorer for the team in 2016, 2017 and 2019. He was named in the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2017 and 2019 and as the Pakistan Cricket Board's ODI player of the year in 2017 and T20I player of the year in 2018.
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