Misbah-ul-Haq speaks about Babar Azam

Babar often suffered criticism as a captain recently

January 10, 2023
Babar Azam scored 66 runs off 82 balls against New Zealand in first OD on Monday — PCB 

Former Pakistan captain and coach Misbah-ul-Haq backed skipper Babar Azam against an alleged campaign to make him weak as a captain. 

In an exclusive interview with Geo News on Tuesday, Misbah said efforts to make Pakistan skipper weak aren't good.

"It is visible, Babar is being forced to become weak which is not good. The kind of press conferences and questions being asked from Babar, everyone is watching," he said.

The former batter opined that everyone should sit together to discuss and make a decision for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.

"If there is a decision to be made, everyone should sit together and make a decision. The players, the selection committee, and the board should sit down and take a decision comfortably. They should review the situation and If they think changes should be made, then they should do it. If you put pressure on someone for any other reason, the whole team will be disturbed. It should not happen," he added.

'Off-track Test team'

Pakistan suffered a whitewash against England in the three-match Test series last December, which was the national side's first-ever series whitewash at home.

Meanwhile, the two-match series against New Zealand ended in a tame draw.

Misbah, who led Pakistan to its first-ever World Test Championship title in 2016, said that the national Test side is "off-track" due to a lot of changes.

"The performance in the home series against England and New Zealand is in front of everyone. The test team is very difficult to make, but the management made changes to it. If you make four changes, it will completely change the batting and bowling. Test team development is not easy as Pakistan gets to play fewer Test matches. We are off track in the Test. Changes cannot get results," the former batter said.

However, the former coach admitted that Pakistan are a "powerhouse" in white-ball cricket.

"Pakistan team is undoubtedly a powerhouse in white ball cricket. Pakistan's bowlers and batters are top in white ball cricket," Misbah said.

Moreover, Misbah spoke against appointing separate captains for Test and white-ball cricket.

"Appointing separate captains shakes up everything as it gives birth to competition. It creates a political environment," he concluded.

Sohail Imran is a senior reporter for Geo News.