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Imran Khan, the former Pakistan Prime Minister, sees so much potential in current skipper Babar Azam and called him an “outstanding batsman”.
Azam has been Pakistan’s most consistent run-scorer over the past few years and continues to lead from the front despite having the added pressure of captaincy on his shoulders.
Most recently, he played a key role in the team’s 4-1 win over New Zealand as he amassed 276 runs in five ODIs, which included a century and two fifties, at an average of 55.20.
“Our captain [Babar Azam] is an outstanding batsman,” Imran, the 1992 World Cup-winning captain, was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.
The 28-year-old will now lead Pakistan in their two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, which will take place in Galle and Colombo from July 16 to 28.
Pakistan Squad for Sri Lanka Test Series: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (vc & wk), Aamer Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Muhammad Huraira, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Noman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shan Masood