Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik has suggested that current Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam should consider stepping down from his role. Malik expressed concerns about Azam’s leadership, citing a lack of innovation and strategic thinking. He believes that if Azam were to relinquish the captaincy, it could help him unlock his full potential as a player, which would ultimately benefit the team.
Malik’s perspective is based on his personal assessment of Azam’s captaincy performance and the perceived lack of a creative edge in his leadership. Despite leading the team, Malik sees limited progress. He believes that Azam has the potential to excel as a player for Pakistan without the added responsibility of captaincy.
Additionally, Shoaib Malik recommended Shaheen Afridi as a potential candidate for white-ball cricket captaincy if Babar Azam decides to step down. He pointed to Afridi’s strong leadership for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League as a reason for his recommendation. This discussion comes in the wake of India’s recent victory over Pakistan, increasing scrutiny of Azam’s captaincy and prompting former players to offer their insights on the team’s dynamics and future leadership.