Babar Azam's captaincy comes under serious questions

Babar Azam's captaincy comes under serious questions

Former Pakistani Cricket Team captain Shoaib Malik recently voiced his concerns regarding the strategic aspects of Babar Azam's captaincy. This comes in the wake of the national team's consecutive losses in the warm-up matches leading up to the ICC World Cup 2023, which has raised questions about the team's overall performance and leadership.

The Pakistani cricket team is poised to commence their World Cup campaign shortly, with their first match against the Netherlands scheduled to take place in Hyderabad, Deccan.

In an interview on a private TV show, Shoaib Malik delved into the weaknesses he perceives in Babar Azam's captaincy strategy. While acknowledging that Babar Azam has shown improvement in his role as captain, Malik expressed his view that as a leader, Azam has fallen short in making unconventional decisions.

Malik highlighted the issue of Pakistan's top fast bowlers, including Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Haris Rauf, consistently facing weaker opponents, which, in his opinion, has led to injuries among the bowlers. He emphasized the necessity of nurturing a second line of fast bowlers for international cricket by providing them opportunities to play against less formidable opponents.

Shoaib Malik stressed that Babar Azam should have considered introducing non-regular bowlers when the established bowlers were not performing well. This, he argued, would have put pressure on the batsmen and increased the team's chances of taking crucial wickets.