In the midst of a captaincy discussion, Rashid Latif supports Babar Azam. On January 26, Babar Azam was named ICC Men’s Player of the Year as well as Men’s ODI Player of the Year.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam received two ICC awards on Thursday, January 26: ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year and Men’s ODI Player of the Year. In the calendar year 2022, he scored over 2600 runs across forms.
While his hitting was praised by everybody, his captaincy was highly criticized. Last year, Pakistan lost the finals of the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup under his guidance, while the squad also struggled in Test series against Australia, England, and New Zealand. Following that, numerous former cricketers, notably Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Akhtar, have recently requested him to resign.
Former captain Rashid Latif, on the other hand, believes that there is no one on the Pakistan squad who can succeed Babar Azam as the Men in Green’s next captain. He claimed that Shadab Khan is not always fit.
Shaheen Shah Afridi is now injured, thus Babar is the best choice at the present.
“You tell me what my possibilities are. Shadab (Khan) plays how much? He misses half of his matches owing to injury. He is not a viable choice. If Shadab were accessible the entire time, I would have recommended that Babar can step down. Shaheen (Afridi) has also recovered from her injuries. “Only one player plays all the matches,” Latif explained on his YouTube channel.
The 54-year-old further stated that a similar incident occurred with Sarfaraz Ahmed earlier, and that the Pakistan squad is still recovering from it.
“Whatever is happening to Babar right now, the same thing happened to Sarfaraz a few years ago. That was a big mistake and we raised our voices against that. It was a very bad move. We still haven’t recovered from that.”
“If you believe you can perform a reset after removing Babar from captaincy… you stated that the players are unhappy” (about Babar). “Right now, no one can stand in front of him,” the former cricketer remarked.
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