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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal said all he wanted captain Babar Azam to do was “concentrate on his batting”.
He made it clear that he was against the 28-year-old accepting the leadership role as he was worried about whether it would have a negative impact on his batting.
So far, Azam has fared well as he has been leading from the front in all three formats.
He was Pakistan’s highest run-scorer in the recent three-Test series against England, which his side lost 3-0.
Overall, Azam amassed 348 runs, which included a century and three fifties, at an average of 58.
“I had also told him to only concentrate on his batting,” Akmal was quoted as saying by Cricwick.
Fresh off a dismal result against England, Pakistan will be on the hunt for a series win when they play two Tests and three ODIs against New Zealand.
The first Test will start on Monday in Karachi.
Pakistan Squad for New Zealand Test Series: Babar Azam (capt), Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood and Zahid Mahmood