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Former Pakistan cricketer Intikhab Alam said in an interview that Azam should not have been the captain in T20 cricket. He also said it was the wrong decision to appoint Babar Azam as the captain in all formats.
“When Babar was appointed captain in all formats, I had stated that this was not the right thing to do. I think there is too much pressure on him due to captaincy in all formats, even if he himself says that this is not the case. If we wanted to give him captaincy, it should have only been in Test cricket and ODIs. There should have been another captain in T20 cricket,” said Intikhab.
He also talked about Pakistan’s three-nil ODI series whitewash against England. He thinks Pakistan team formation is not strong because of poor domestic structure.
“The reason behind such a performance [whitewash in ODI series against England] is because there is not a strong domestic structure in place. If you look at our past history, good teams were formed only when we had a proper system in place. Teams are not made through PSL or league cricket,” he said.
He was also not satisfied with the performance of head coach Misbahul Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.
“If you gauge the performance of the coaching staff, there isn’t much improvement in the past couple of years and the defeat against England in ODI series is also going to affect the morale of the team,” he said.
“The T20 World Cup is just around the corner, so hopefully the team will do well in the upcoming T20 matches and go into the mega event with a positive frame of mind. The conditions in UAE are similar to Pakistan, which will benefit the Pakistan team as well,” he added.