“If I was Babar” – Shoaib Malik Has A Life Lesson from 2009 for Babar Azam

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Babar Azam

In the aftermath of Pakistan’s early exit from the T20 World Cup 2024, veteran cricketer Shoaib Malik has offered candid advice to current captain Babar Azam. Malik, a former Pakistan captain himself, believes that Babar should step down from the leadership role and concentrate on his batting prowess.

Babar Azam’s captaincy failure in ICC Tournaments

Babar Azam’s tenure as captain has been challenging. Despite leading in 147 internationals and 6 ICC tournaments, he hasn’t secured any significant victories. His batting performance has also suffered under the weight of captaincy responsibilities.

Shoaib Malik draws from his own experience. He recalls being offered the captaincy again in 2009/10, but he declined to focus solely on his cricket. He suggests that Babar should follow a similar path for the benefit of his game and the team.

“I think I would immediately resign from the captaincy and focus on my cricket. It has happened to me. I was asked to be captain again in 2009/10 and I did not accept it because I wanted to focus on my cricket. If I was Babar I would do the exact same thing. Babar’s numbers reflect that as well. If he can improve, be better for the country, then do it,” Malik said on a Ten Sports Pakistan show.

“A captain should create players for you. Babar has captained in 147 internationals and has captained in 6 ICC tournaments, but he has not won any. Babar has captained in 127 white ball games and he has not rested himself in any of them. This is a big question mark. I think there was just one game where he rested himself and that too where the board asked him to,” he further added.

Babar Azam’s poor stats

Babar’s statistics as captain tell a story. While he has consistently led in 127 white-ball games, he hasn’t rested himself in any of them. Malik emphasizes that a captain should create players for the team, and Babar’s numbers reflect the strain he faces.

Babar Azam, in a press conference, acknowledged the team’s collective failure in the T20 World Cup. He leaves the decision about his captaincy to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

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