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Over the years, Babar Azam has developed himself into a match-winner for Pakistan. He got the ingredients in him to deliver the goods on his day without fail irrespective of the conditions or the opposition bowling attack. Meanwhile, Javed Miandad wants to give extra-power to Babar Azam.
Pakistan has always relied on Babar Azam, who can bat sensibly throughout the innings in 50-over matches. Speaking of the same, Javed Miandad quoted that Babar Azam is going to carry high expectations, as he has been there best batsman in the ranks.
In a must-win match, Babar oozed class on his way to an unbeaten hundred, guiding Pakistan to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the World Cup. He also played many sensible knocks for Pakistan throughout his career. Meanwhile, Miandad believes Azam can do the job as a skipper.
We need a new face to lead – Javed Miandad
Though the likes of Hafeez and Imad Wasim in the frame for captaincy, Javed Miandad believes that the young Babar Azam must take the reigns as he got an age on his side. Besides that, he warns Pakistan Cricket Board to set their goals straight before naming the skipper.
“The PCB must set their priorities straight on how to improve. And also, must decide whether they want to go back or move forward,” the 62-year-old Miandad, who has played in record six World Cups and was a member of the title-winning squad of 1992, was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “We need a fresh start with a new face to lead the team.”
However, no Pakistan captain ever, not even the great Imran Khan, has won more than one major ICC trophy except for Sarfaraz. After winning Under-19 World Cup in 2006, Eleven years later, the seniors clinched the ICC Champions Trophy under his captaincy.
Statistically, his winning percentage in ODIs stands at a healthy 56.52, which is better than both Imran Khan’s 55.92 and Misbahul Haq’s 53.48 — two of Pakistan’s most highly regarded captains. Well, it would be interesting to see whether they would back Sarfaraz Ahmed or Babar Azam.