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Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif is less than impressed with the fact that Babar Azam has been appointed as the country’s Twenty20 captain.
Latif believes that adding the pressure of leading the national team in the shortest format will have a negative impact on Azam’s career.
He also criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not doing their “homework or research” before appointing Azam captain.
“PCB didn’t do any homework or research before appointing Babar as captain,” Latif said in a YouTube video as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “They are using Babar to remove Sarfaraz from captaincy which can be damaging for Babar’s career.
“Even if he does well individually, [the] team is likely to suffer.
“Sarfaraz used to sacrifice his batting position for the team’s cause whereas Babar doesn’t. Babar could have played at one down while playing for Central Punjab as he is an established player, but instead he demoted Kamran to [the] one-down position [even though he did] well as an opener in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). That’s why Central Punjab is at the bottom and Balochistan are on top.
“We have to see if Babar [can] build trust with his players as Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir might have had aspirations to lead the T20 side as well. We have seen in the past that such things have caused huge problems in the team so it can be damaging to our cricket.”
In addition to naming Azam Twenty20 captain, the PCB also announced that Azhar Ali would replace Sarfaraz as Pakistan’s Test skipper.
Sarfaraz has also been dropped for Pakistan’s upcoming tour of Australia, which will consist of three Twenty20 Internationals from November 3 to 8, and two Tests from November 21 to December 3.