Misbah-ul-Haq confident that Babar Azam is ready for captaincy challenge


Karachi: Pakistan men’s team head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has backed Babar Azam and thinks that he is ready for the captaincy challenge and his batting will not suffer.

The 25-year-old Babar was appointed as T20I captain last year in October but was recently given the responsibility of leading the ODI team too.

“Making Babar captain of the T20 team last year was a tester really. We wanted to see how he will react to the challenge and how it will affect his batting,” Misbah said in an interview.

“But all of us agreed that he dealt the pressure well and if anything, the responsibility of being captain made him show more responsibility as a batsman,” he added.

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Misbah also countered the reservations and didn’t agree with former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower, who said that Babar’s form could suffer due to the extra pressure because of the politics in Pakistan cricket and the reaction of the public.

“That is why we decided to also give him the responsibility of leading the ODI team. I think he is ready for the challenge and he should flourish as the team’s top batsman as well,” Misbah maintained.

“The manner in which I see it, being a top batsman, he is most appropriate to lead the team by example and this would make it easier for him to also take strong decisions and for the team to follow him,” he concluded.

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