Babar should have been groomed before handing over important responsibility: Miandad.


ISLAMABAD -- Former legend Javed Miandad believes that before handing over the Twenty20 reins to Babar Azam, it would have been better for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to groom the Lahore-born cricketer before handing over an important responsibility.

'Currently Babar was the No.1 ranked batsman in T20s. I fear his own performance may go down as the youngster lacked experience to lead the national side at such a higher level,' he told reporter.

Babar has been named the T20 captain until next year's ICC T20 World Cup in Australia while Azhar Ali was appointed the captain for Pakistan's World Test Championship matches in the 2019-20 season.

Babar had captained Pakistan in the ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup 2012. He was also the vice-captain in the recently-concluded series against Sri Lanka and was presently captaining Central Punjab in the National T20 Cup.

'Sarfraz should have been continued as captain for the series against Australia next month while Babar should have been assigned as his deputy,' he said.

Pakistan would play Australia in two Tests in Brisbane (November 21 to 25) and Adelaide (November 29 to December 3). Pakistan team was also scheduled to play three T20s against Australia (November 3, 5 and 8).

Miandad cited the example of former English captain Mike Brearley saying Brearley, who took over the captaincy in 1977, was not selected for the side until the age of 34 in 1976.

'His record in Test cricket as a batsman was modest (he averaged 22.88 in...

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