PCB should ask Babar Azam if captaincy is taking a toll on him: Javed Miandad

Written by Vipin Darwade

Former batter Javed Miandad reckoned that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should have an ‘honest’ conversation with Babar Azam regarding the captaincy. The 27-year-old Babar is currently the all-format captain of Pakistan and has performed reasonably.

However, of late, he has looked a tad off colour with the bat, although he scored a century and a fifty against England in the seven-match T20I series in Karachi and Lahore. Miandad said that PCB needs to take a decision keeping in mind Babar’s comforts and discomforts with captaincy.

“Babar is a world-class batsman. But the board should ask him if the captaincy is taking a toll on him. There needs to be an honest conversation between him and the board. If he feels he can’t both perform with the bat and lead in the field, then the captaincy shouldn’t stay with him. However, the board should clarify to Babar that he is their preferred choice for captain,” Miandad was quoted as saying.

Miandad also talked about how the Pakistani cricketers need to approach their game to put in better performances in the future.

“Pakistani players need to realise that they are good and that is why they’re in the final eleven. The question of whether you’re good enough shouldn’t be there. You are good, now you just have to deliver what you’ve been asked to do on the day,” Miandad added.

The ongoing series between Pakistan and England is currently locked at 3-3 with the decider to be played on Sunday, October 2 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

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