He is overburdened, Alam worried about Pakistan player crumbling under pressure

Intikhab Alam believes Babar Azam is overburdened

Intikhab Alam: “Personally, I think the PCB has put extra burden on young Babar and it is not easy for him to handle the pressure of international cricket in all three formats at this age”

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Former Pakistan all-rounder Intikhab Alam believes that Babar Azam is overburdened now that he has been named Test captain.

Azam replaced Azhar Ali as Test skipper and now leads Pakistan in all three formats of the game.

However, Alam feels that it would have been better for the 26-year-old to captain Pakistan in limited overs cricket and give the Test captaincy to someone else.

“Personally, I think the PCB has put extra burden on young Babar and it is not easy for him to handle the pressure of international cricket in all three formats at this age,” Alam told Dawn. “It would have been better had the PCB kept him [only] as white-ball captain and gave the Test captaincy to someone else.”

Azam’s first assignment as Test captain will be the upcoming tour of New Zealand, where Pakistan will play two Tests from December 26 to January 7.

Prior to the Test series, the men in green will also play three T20 Internationals against the Black Caps from December 18 to 22.

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