Former batting coach fears Babar may regret taking over as captain


Karachi: Pakistan’s former batting coach Grant Flower has warned limited-overs captain, Babar Azam about the pressure that comes on a captain’s shoulder while leading the Pakistan men’s team.

Former Zimbabwean cricket has feared that Babar’s form could suffer due to the extra pressure because of the politics in Pakistan cricket and the reaction of the public.

“He’s got a good cricketing brain but there’s a lot of politics in Pakistan cricket and a lot of pressure from the public,” Flower told Stats Perform News.

“If you start losing, it’s one thing being the best batsman but that will put pressure on your batting skills and it can all come tumbling down pretty quickly,” he added.

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The 49-year-old Flower, however, praised Babar’s attitude as he looked positive after taking over as the captain.

“We’ve seen with great players in the past the pressures that captaincy can bring, but some players get better and if he gets better then the world is his oyster. Time will tell,” he added

“But he seems pretty positive about it, I read what he said in an interview when he got the captaincy. I wish him all the best and hopefully, all positives come with that,” he maintained.

Flower reminded about the 25-year-old batting talent when he first started working with him as Pakistan’s batting coach and believes he is en route for greatness.

“He is brilliant. The first time I saw him play and worked with him when I threw balls at him at the academy in Lahore, he picked up length so much quicker than the rest of the players and I think that’s the hallmark of a great batsman,” he said.

Flower has backed Babar that he will break records and also compared his ability with Indian skipper Virat Kohli and No.1 Test batsman Steven Smith.

It must be noted that Flower worked as the batting coach of Pakistan men’s team from May 2014 till the 2019 World Cup. He is currently working as the batting coach of the Sri Lanka cricket team.

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