Harare: Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar Azam has responded to veteran Shoaib Malik’s comments in which he suggested Babar to call the shots in team selection.
The 39-year-old Malik criticized heavily after Pakistan faced a devasting defeat to Zimbabwe during the second T20I in Harare last week.
The No.1 ranked ODI batsman Babar was not happy over this repeated notion of not having control over the selection and now wants to put an end to this discussion.
“This debate should end now. The same thing is repeated in every press conference that I don’t have any control over the selection,” Babar told reporters in the virtual presser.
“You can see on the field that I handle everything. I decide the playing XI. Management gives their input. I know my responsibilities as a captain,” Babar added.
Malik also recommended that Pakistan need an international coach who understands cricket inside out, however, Babar said that it is not his concern as he is happy with current team management.
…when your management relies on likes & dislikes especially when your cricket is just in surviving mode, then what else do expect as a nation?
On top of that when you don't let your captain take decisions this is bound to happen… #Cricket #Pakistan
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) April 23, 2021
“I don’t have any problem with the coach. This is the domain of PCB. Team management is fully supporting every player, so I am happy,” Babar added.