Ramiz Raja, cricketer-turned-commentator remarked in a recent interview that Pakistan skipper Babar Azam should plan for the long-term to emerge as a quintessential leader.
Ramiz Raja advised Babar Azam to interact with the youngsters in the team to establish himself as a leader.
Ramiz Raja: Babar Azam Needs To Become A Leader And Must Engage With Youngsters
He also took an indirect dig at the team management and the selectors for continuing with some of the older players like Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez in the team.
Speaking with India News, Ramiz Raja said: “Babar Azam needs to become a leader and he can only become a leader when engages with the youngsters. He will only become a leader when he takes actions in accordance with long-term planning. We take one step forward and play two new players but also play four older players.”
Speaking on the importance of Babar Azam improving as a leader, the former Pakistani cricketer added: “He needs to understand that if he wants to become a good leader, he must, one, learn to take chances. Two, improve the selection, and three, observe how the modern leadership functions.”
Pakistan recently toured Zimbabwe. While they won the three-match T20I series 2-1, they surged to a 2-0 clean-sweep in the Tests. Babar Azam became the first Pakistan captain to win his opening four Tests. Earlier, Pakistan defeated South Africa in Tests and T20Is at home earlier this year and then won the T20I and ODI series in the return series before wrapping up the African safari with T20I and Test series wins against Zimbabwe in Harare.
Pakistan completed the series win against Zimbabwe after sealing the 2nd Test by an innings and 147 runs. Babar Azam’s men had beaten Zimbabwe in the first Test by an innings and 116 runs. Earlier in the tour, Zimbabwe had lost the T20I series 2-1 to the touring Pakistan side.
Ramiz Raja: Lot Of Confusion In Pakistan Cricket Since The Roles Are Not Defined
Ramiz Raja wants Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and the team management to define the roles of individuals in the team. According to the former cricketer, well-defined roles in the team will help everyone move in the same direction, including the captain.
“There is a lot of confusion because the roles are not defined. When you lose, there is a lot of chopping in the dressing room. We need to control the mood swings and everyone needs to understand the direction, especially Babar Azam,” said Ramiz Raja during the interview.
Babar Azam, who is still in his early days as a captain, is yet to lose a Test match and Pakistan has won all the four games they played under his leadership. In ODIs, the team has won four out of six games under Babar Azam. Pakistan has also won 13 out of 21 T20Is with Babar Azam leading the side.