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Legendary Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir believes that batsman Babar Azam should be appointed as the national team’s vice-captain.
Qadir also noted that Sarfraz Ahmed should be retained as captain in all three formats.
Qadir’s comments come after there has been a lot of speculation about Sarfraz’s future following Pakistan’s failure to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals.
Some reports indicate that Sarfraz will be stripped of the captaincy entirely, while others state that he will lead Pakistan in fewer formats.
However, Qadir noted that either scenario would be a grave mistake on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s part as no one else has enough experience to take over as captain.
With that in mind, Qadir pointed out that Azam should be made vice-captain and groomed over a few years so that he is ready to take over when Sarfraz decides to retire.
“Sarfraz is a match-winning captain and has shown his fighting spirit several times. I think he should continue leading in all the three format,” he was quoted as saying by The Nation. “Sarfraz may take the decision to retire after two to three years and till that time, Babar will be able to handle the pressure of captaincy.
“I believe he (Babar) has to learn a lot before leading the national side. It is time for his grooming and that can be better done by making him Sarfraz’s deputy.
“It will be premature to hand him over the reins of team’s captaincy [right now].”