Last Update on: April 23rd, 2023 at 05:20 pm
Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister and national team all-rounder Imran Khan has now praised current Pakistan National Cricket Team captain Babar Azam, claiming that the no.1 ODI batter in the world has the potential to surpass any batsman in the nation’s history.
It has now been a year since Imran was ousted from the Prime Minister post after he was voted out of the assembly, with Shehbaz Sharif capturing the post.
Speaking to a local TV channel, the 70-year-old claimed that Pakistan has not seen a batsman of Babar Azam’s caliber in a long time, stating that he has the potential to be the greatest batsman that the country has ever produced
“Our captain [Babar Azam] is an outstanding batsman. I have seen a batsman of such quality after a very long time. I have analysed him in every way, because I analyse batsman through a bowler’s lens. His technique, talent and temperament are all brilliant. It is very rare to find all three of these things in one batsman, but he has them all. He has the potential to go ahead of everyone,” he said.
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Imran Khan had previously also taken credit for asking the then Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani to give Babar Azam the national team captaincy in October 2019.
Babar Azam to captain Pakistan in all three formats till the 2023 ODI World Cup
Reports surfaced yesterday that PCB is set to announce that Babar Azam will remain the captain of the Pakistan National Cricket Team in all three formats until the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Babar was only set to be the captain for the ongoing limited-overs series against New Zealand. The decision for the future of Pakistan’s captaincy was to be taken after the series, but it seems that the decision has been made.
The Men in Green defeated New Zealand in the first two T20s in the five-match series. The Black Caps did win the third match, before the fourth was washed away by rain. The fifth T20I will decide the fate of this series.
Pakistan will also play a 5 ODI series against New Zealand in the ongoing tour. They will then tour Sri Lanka for 3 ODIs and 2 Tests in July, before the Asia Cup n September and the World Cup in October/November to finish out the cricketing season.