Wasim Akram supported Babar Azam for Test captaincy of Pakistan team


Karachi: Pakistan cricket team former captain Wasim Akram has supported limited-overs captain Babar Azam to be handed the Test captaincy in the New Zealand round and appealed to him to show more perseverance. .

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A new Test captain is expected to be announced on November 11 in place of Azhar Ali of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Azhar will however be a part of the 35-member squad that will be touring New Zealand. Pakistan has to play 2 Tests and 3 T20 Internationals in New Zealand.

Akram told him, ‘As a former player, if you ask me, yes, I support Babur for Test captaincy because he is our future and he can play for a long time. If the PCB appoints it then it should be for a sufficient period of time so that there is no less confusion as to who is in charge of the dressing room.

Akram, who was among the top fast bowlers in the world, said, ‘I am supporting Babur because I don’t want to see those days again when I used to play and there were 4 or 5 captains in our dressing room. He is our best player and those who are saying that making him a Test captain would affect his batting, do not believe it because he is a batsman and it is his job to score runs.

Akram said, “Are Virat Kohli or Kane Williamson not the captain and the top batsman?” Akram also said that Misbah ul Haq was not successful in making head coach and chief selector because Pakistan cricket has not shown improvement in recent times.
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