Rashid Latif,who is a former Pakistan captain believes Mohammad Hafeez should have been the ideal choice as Pakistan captain after Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked last year as skipper from all formats. Pakistan lost the second T20I against England by five wickets in Manchester on Sunday.
Babar Azam who is the skipper in limited-overs format has been criticized for his captaincy by several experts and former cricketers after Pakistan’s poor show. Ex-Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes Babar Azam should not have been appointed as captain after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s sacking.
Mohammad Hafeez Should Have Been Captain: Rashid Latif
Babar Azam averages more than 50 in both ODIs and T20Is but has played only 74 one-dayers and 40 T20Is compared to Mohammad Hafeez who has played 228 ODIs and 93 T20Is although he averages less than 35 with the bat. In T20Is he also have picked up 54 wickets averaging 22.7.
Sarfaraz Ahmed is currently part of their squad on the ongoing tour of England but has not featured in a single game. Rashid Latif said Mohammad Hafeez, who has experience in his favour having played for Pakistan for more than 15 years, should have been handed over captaincy duty.
“Hafeez should have been appointed captain after Sarfaraz was sacked as captain. Two different captains came in for different formats.
“Even though Azhar and Babar are world-class players but they have not proved themselves as captain. It is tough for Babar and even for Azhar,” Latif said on his YouTube channel Caught Behind.
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes PCB wrongly handed over the limited-overs captaincy to Babar Azam and Test captaincy to Azhar Ali after sacking Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain from all formats last year after failure in 2019 World Cup. Sarfaraz Ahmed is their most successful T20I captain having won 29 matches out of 37.
Mohammad Hafeez Should Have Been Also Utilized As A Bowler
Mohammad Hafeez has previously captained Pakistan in T20Is between 2012 to 2014. He led Pakistan in 29 T20Is, winning 18 while losing 11 matches. He had stepped down from captaincy after Pakistan failed in T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2014. He continues to be a key member of the Pakistan batting line-up despite critics questioning his place.
The veteran all-rounder slammed a quickfire knock of 36-ball 69 in the second T20I against England on Sunday but his efforts went in vain as Pakistan failed to defend the mammoth total of 195 runs.
While Rashid Latif questioned Babar Azam’s credentials as a skipper, he also expressed surprise that he failed to utilize Mohammad Hafeez as a bowler in the first two T20Is of the ongoing series. Pakistan are currently 1-0 down in the three-match T20I series after the first game was abandoned due to rain.