Inzamam-ul-Haq backs Babar Azam’s captaincy

The former cricketer said Babar is answering all the critics with his bat

Inzamam-ul-Haq backs Babar Azam’s captaincy PHOTO: AP/AFP

Former Pakistan cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq came out in support of national men’s cricket all-format captain Babar Azam on Wednesday. 

“There is no captaincy pressure on him, he is answering the critics with his bat,” said Inzamam in the title sponsorship signing ceremony between Peshawar Zalmi and Haier in Lahore. 

“Captaincy is a hard thing, and you learn it with time. Babar is currently going through that phase.” 

Inzamam, who is currently the president of Peshawar Zalmi, said Babar should remain captain of the national side. “He needs our support at this time. The more confidence the captain gets, the better decisions he takes. I don’t think he should be replaced,” he said. 

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Babar will be representing Zalmi in the upcoming season of Pakistan Super League. The batsman was named captain of the side after he left Karachi Kings earlier in December before the PSL draft. 

The 28-year-old has been under fire for his captaincy skills lately after he lost four successive Test matches at home against Australia and England last year. 

The former chief selector also supported his former teammates and current coaches of the national team. “There are ups and downs in the performance of the team, but Saqlain Mushtaq and Muhammad Yousuf have done a good job,” he said. 

Earlier, the newly appointed chairman of PCB management committee, Najam Sethi, had announced that the board will be hiring foreign coaches soon. Currently, former off-spinner Mushtaq is the head coach of the team while Yousuf is the batting coach.