Arafat reveals why appointing Azam as Pakistan’s T20 captain is a ‘recipe for disaster’

Yasir Arafat believes the Pakistan Cricket Board's PCB decision to appoint Babar Azam as T20 captain is a recipe for disaster Pakistan cricket

Yasir Arafat: “Putting so much pressure of captaincy on the shoulders of your best performing batsman is a recipe for disaster and yet another decision taken without much thought”

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Ex-Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat believes that Babar Azam’s batting could suffer as a result of the fact that he has been appointed Twenty20 captain.

Azam replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as skipper, while Azhar Ali took over as Test captain.

However, Arafat feels that Azam should have been vice-captain a year or so ago in order to learn how to captain an international side.

“To me, Babar Azam’s elevation to the position of captain in the T20 side at the expense of Sarfaraz Ahmed has been the direct consequence of our loss to Sri Lanka,” he wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “But to be fair, our batting has not been performing that well with Babar Azam not performing well in recent times which has contributed to our downfall in T20s.

“The fact that the experience of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez has been missing in recent times has also not helped our situation and made us look more like a domestic team rather than an international one, but all that is not Sarfaraz’s fault. In my opinion, the answer to all our current T20 problems is not to appoint Babar Azam as captain.

“It would have been far better to have made Babar Azam vice-captain under the supervision of Sarfaraz a year ago or during the 2019 World Cup. In such a case, I would have applauded the decision to promote him to captain. But to make Babar the captain for the first time in his life, ahead of such an important tour with the T20 World Cup not too far away in the future, is not advisable. In fact, I am hearing that he may also be given leadership duties for the ODI side as well. Putting so much pressure of captaincy on the shoulders of your best performing batsman is a recipe for disaster and yet another decision taken without much thought.”

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