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Misbah Ul Haq responds to criticism surrounding Babar Azam being made ODI captain

Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah ul Haq believes Babar Azam has all the tools in his arsenal to make it big as skipper of the national team.

According to Misbah, the newly appointed ODI skipper can lead by example keeping in mind in the fact that he is the team’s most outstanding player.

“The way I look at it, being a top batsman he is best suited 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,” said Misbah.

The former Pakistan skipper also believes that the pressure of captaincy won’t affect Babar’s batting form.

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

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

It is to be known that, former Zimbabwe cricketer Grant Flower had, recently warned Babar Azam about the pressure that comes captaining the team. The 49-year-old advised Babar to be careful with how he goes about his business because of the politics in Pakistan cricket and the expectations of fans.

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