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Babar Azam is best suited to lead the team by example: Misbahul Haq

Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector backed Azam to succeed as captain

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Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbahul Haq has backed Babar Azam to succeed as captain of the limited-overs side.  

Misbah believes that Azam can lead by example bearing in mind in the fact that he is the team’s best batsman.

"The way I look at it, being a top batsman he is best suited to lead the team by example and this would make it easier for him to also take strong decisions and for the team to follow him," said Misbah according to Press Trust of India.

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The former Pakistan captain also reiterated that the pressure of captaincy won’t impact Azam’s batting.

"Making Babar captain of the T20 team last year was a tester really. We wanted to see how he will respond to the challenge and how it will affect his batting," he said.

"But all of us agreed that he handled the pressure well and if anything the responsibility of being captain only made him show more responsibility as a batsman," he added.

It must be noted that, former Zimbabwe cricketer Grant Flower had, recently, cautioned Azam about the pressure which comes with leading the Men in Green. 

The 49-year-old believes that Azam needs to be careful with how he goes about his business because of the politics in Pakistan cricket and the reaction of fans.