Following in the footsteps of former captain Imran Khan, national ODI and T20 captain Babar Azam has vowed to lead the national team aggressively.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had last week appointed T20 captain Babar Azam as the captain of the ODI team while Azhar Ali will lead the Test team.
Addressing an online press conference, Babar Azam said, “I have learned to play cricket aggressively and that is why I will try to lead the team as Imran Khan.”
National team Skipper said “As a captain you have to be very patient, you have to keep your players with you when planning against the opposing team, there are times when you get very angry but then you have to control the anger on the field.
“Confidence is the most important thing and the more you support your players, the better results they give,” Babar added.
Babar was asked about feeling pressured as captain, he replied, “It is a challenge and we should be ready for the challenge at all times. When Wasim Khan called me and informed me about the captaincy, it was natural for me to be happy.” Yes, it was written in my destiny and I had to meet.
“I cannot complain that I was given the National team captaincy too soon or it is a big responsibility. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shown confidence in me,” he said.
“There is a big difference between leadership and batting. I don’t think it will make any difference to my batting,” Babar Azam said, vowing to continue playing in his natural way despite being given the leadership responsibility.
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“When I bat, my focus is only on batting and I don’t think about anything else, including leadership at the moment. Only after batting will I think about how to get performance from the team,” he said.
Babar Azam also vowed to improve the national team’s rankings in the ODI and T20 formats.
The limited overs captain also denied the impression that the team’s decisions are made by head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and said, “I take advice from Misbah bhai. It is a team game. Sometimes we need the help of the coaching staff.” And if they have a good opinion, I will definitely follow it,” Babar said.