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‘How can Misbah mentor Babar if he himself was a defensive captain?’ – Former World Cup winner questions

Former Pakistan batsman Aamir Sohail has questioned the ability of Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbahul Haq to guide the Men in Green’s limited overs skipper Babar Azam as a leader, since Sohail believes the former was himself regularly slammed for being a defensive captain.

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In his latest interview with Pakpassion.net, Sohail advised Misbah to make sure that Pakistan’s white-ball captain Babar fully supports the youngsters gives them regular opportunities to prove themselves on the International scene.

“If Babar has been identified as Pakistan’s captain in at least two formats of the game, then it’s incumbent upon the PCB to help him become the best captain he can be. This can be achieved by identifying any weaknesses in his leadership qualities and by good mentoring,” said Sohail.

“But if Misbah is to be Babar’s mentor, then we have a problem because he was himself criticised for being a defensive captain. The onus is on Misbah to be honest about his own deficiencies as a captain and to make sure that Babar does not make the same mistakes he made, especially when it comes to making sure that the younger players are given good chances to ensure a brighter future for Pakistan cricket,” he added.

The former World Cup winner also believes the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is already regretting bestowing too many roles on Misbah which is why they appointed Younis Khan as the batting coach for the upcoming England tour.

“The fact is that Misbahul Haq for reasons best known to the PCB, was given the roles of head coach and chief selector, and he was also looking after the position of batting coach. Many of us commented then that this was not a good idea as batsmen who are struggling in some aspect of their batting are unlikely to share their problems with the batting coach, who also happens to be the chief selector and the head coach as well,” he said.

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“In that context, Younis Khan’s appointment, whilst recognising his experience, is proof that the PCB are accepting the fact that they made the wrong decision by entrusting Misbah with so many roles. What the PCB are implying is that Misbah is not a good enough batting coach which is why they had to bring in someone like Younis Khan into the picture as a batting consultant.” the 53-year-old added.

Aamir Sohail concluded by saying he is hopeful of a good showing by the Pakistan boys in England, while adding that they need to score 300 plus consistently during the tour.

“I do believe that Pakistan can compete really well in the series against England, but it will depend upon the state of pitches and how well they prepare. In terms of bowling strength, the Pakistan bowling attack is pretty strong with Shaheen Shah Afridi looking most likely to be the top performer in the Test series. The only issue, as always, will be with our batting but if they can put up scores of 300+ then they will give their team a very good chance of dominating the home team,” he concluded.

Pakistan will take on hosts England in 3 Tests and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), which will be played in August-September.

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