Former national teammates Rashid Latif and Shoaib Akhtar have slammed the vision of the Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper, Babar Azam.
While speaking on a local talk show, former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif said that Babar should talk about his vision during press conferences rather than things that everybody knows.
Babar recently gave an interview where he discussed various topics and also notably responded to former fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed’s suggestion to improve his spoken English. The Lahore-born also opened on the comparisons with Indian skipper Virat Kohli and being an attacking captain like Imran Khan.
Rashid Latif, however, seems unimpressed with the skipper’s first interview as ODI captain.
“When captain is sitting in a press conference, he gives insight about his vision but this was clearly lacking. Our captain is giving headlines about language barrier and things we already know, like comparison with Virat Kohli.” said Latif.
“Babar should have made a strong statement rather than just following the script given to him. You have already showcased that your mental attitude and approach is not up to the mark,” he added.
Meanwhile, Shoaib Akhtar, who has been one of the most active former cricketers during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, said Azam needs to take guidance from World Cup winning captain and current Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan.
“Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this does not mean that it will only be related to playing cricket. He needs to take a leaf out of PM Imran’s book with regards to personality as well,” said Akhtar.
Rawalpindi Express also suggested a few areas of improvement for the no.1 ranked T20 batsman in the world.
“Please don’t speak about things which we already know from the past 10 years. We won’t buy this argument. Babar has to sharpen up his communication skills, his personality, ability to lead from the front, fitness level etc. I think he has a lot to prove. I wish him best of luck for the future but if he keeps on following people around him, right now, then he will end up where he started,” he concluded.