Rashid Latif, former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman, believes PCB made a mistake by appointing Azhar Ali and Babar Azam as captain of the Test and limited-overs sides following the sacking of former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed last year.
Sarfaraz Ahmed was stripped of his leadership duties following Pakistan’s group-stage exit from the 50-over World Cup last summer and their 0-3 whitewash at the hands of Sri Lanka.
Rashid Latif reckoned that while Azhar Ali and Babar Azam are proven performers with the bat, they are inexperienced in the leadership department, something that has been proved to the hilt during the course of the current England tour.4
‘They have not proved themselves as captain’- Rashid Latif on Babar Azam and Azhar Ali
According to the Rashid Latif, Mohammad Hafeez should have replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain of white-ball teams, considering he has a wide experience of not only representing the country but also as a leader.
Rashid Latif was also critical of the fact that Babar Azam did not employ the services of Mohammad Hafeez-the bowler- in the last game.
“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,” Rashid Latif said on his YouTube channel Caught Behind.
Hafeez, who silenced his critics with a whirlwind half-century in the last T20I, has led Pakistan in T20I cricket in 29 games between 2012 to 2014.
The former opener registered 18 victories and 11 defeats during his tenure. He stepped down following Pakistan’s failure to make it to the semi-finals of the 2014 T20 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Pakistan are currently 0-1 down in the three-match series following their five-wicket defeat to England in the second T20I at Old Trafford in Manchester and they will be looking to finish what has been a forgettable tour for them on a high with a series-levelling win. Babar Azam too will look to redeam himself as the leader of the pack after a rather underwhelming show in the last game, where his tactics came under heavy scrutiny.