Rashid Latif Criticised PCB For Appointing Babar Azam As T20 Skipper
Rashid Latif Criticised PCB For Appointing Babar Azam As T20 Skipper.Picture Courtesy © Photo Gallery

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has criticised Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to appoint Babar Azam as T20 captain.

Rashid Latif believes that leading the team in T20Is will put extra pressure on Babar Azam, and this pressure will hurt his career.

Latif criticised Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not doing the proper homework before appointing Babar Azam as T20I captain. 

As quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk, the former wicketkeeper-batsman said,” They are using Babar Azam to remove Sarfraz from leadership, which can damage Babar’s career. Even if he does well individually, the team is likely to struggle.”

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Rashid Latif Criticised Babar Azam For Being Selfish With His Approach

“Sarfraz used to giveaway his batting position for the team’s cause whereas Babar doesn’t. Babar could have played at one down while playing for Central Punjab in National T20 Cup as he is an established player, but instead, he demoted Kamran Akmal to one-down position even though Kamran Akmal did well as an opener in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). That’s why Central Punjab is at the bottom of the table.”

Rashid added,” We have to wait and 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 considerable problems in the team so it can be damaging to our cricket.”

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Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday sacked Sarfraz Ahmed as captain from all three formats. Azhar Ali and Babar Azam have been appointed Test and T20I skippers while ODI captain is yet to be finalised.

Sarfraz Ahmed has been dropped from the team for Pakistan’s tour of Australia. His performance has been dismal in the last couple of years, and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) found it enough to leave him out of the tour. Australia Tour will include three T20Is and two Tests. The squad for this tour is expected to be announced in a day or two.