Former Pakistan spinner says PCB should arranger dinner for Babar Azam with Waugh, Ponting

Former Pakistan spin-King Saqlain Mushtaq, in a YouTube video, said that Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper Babar Azam, possesses all the important ingredients of good leadership but will have to coordinate with the world’s best leaders to learn the real tricks of the trade.

The 43-year-old went on to say that Babar’s confidence level and batting skills are second to none and that he has shown great maturity right from the get go.

Saqlain proposed that Babar should sit with the game’s great like former captains Imran Khan and Wasim Akram to learn the art of leadership. He also asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to arrange Babar’s meetings with Australian cricket legends like Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting and England veteran Andrew Strauss.

“Whenever Pakistan’s series takes place with another country the management should arrange his meetings with erstwhile greats of that country so that he may pick up their brains. He’ll also have to learn how to handle media. The PCB’s media department can help in that,” said Saqlain.

The Master of the “Doosra” also disagreed with the suggestion made by some experts that Babar Azam should learn English as he had to talk during the toss and post-match presentations as well as giving interviews to the media.

“Asking him to learn English is totally irrelevant. He knows Urdu and needs nothing else [to express himself]. There are several world leaders who speak in their mother tongues. An interpreter can explain whatever he says.

However, if you have time there is no harm in acquiring a second language, but I believe it’s not as that important for you as a captain. I believe he has leadership qualities and that’s why he’s been given the reins of team’s stewardship,” he added.

Saqlain further asserted that it was crucial for Babar to figure out the most affective tactics for the team.

“I think it is very important for him to find out how to lead the team and execute his plans. Obviously, there is a need for him to sit with the best [team] leaders; have a cup of tea with them and do some gossip with the intent to learn how to take along his team,” he concluded.

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