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Babar wants to follow footsteps of Imran in captaincy


Newly-appointed Pakistani ODI captain Babar Azam on Monday stated that he wants to be an attacking captain like Imran Khan. He also stated that while playing in empty stadiums is nothing new for him since he experienced such conditions for several years when playing at neutral venues.

Babar wants to follow footsteps of Imran in captaincy

In a video conference held on Monday, while replying to a question said that two of the country’s most successful captains have been Imran Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq and both had different and he was asked which one of the two he would like to emulate as skipper.

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Babar said:

“I want to be an attacking captain, that is what I have learnt. I will follow Imran Khan’s aggressive style as captain.”

Former Pakistani skipper Imran has been a widely celebrated captain of Pak­istan, known for his bold leadership. His track record as captain in Test cricket is also mentionable. He captained Pakistan in 48 Tests, winning 14, losing 8 with 26 draw match.

On the other hand, the current cheif selector Misbah, despite being considered as a defensive captain, led Pakistan in 56 test, winning 26, losing 19 and playing only 11 draws.

He was asked how it feels to impress the head coach and chief selector by Di of personality, Babar said: ”I try to take my own decisions. Yes, if Misbah has any better idea he sends a message to me, but in the ground it is my authority to take decisions.

“As a captain you should be a cool-minded person,” added Babar. “You may be angry at times with a player (during the match) for poor fielding or anything, but you must not show your emotions or reactions openly because that is not a proper thing to do by a team leader.”

On Pakistan’s upcoming tour of England for three Tests and as many T20s which could be played under special arrangements including empty stadiums due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Babar said: “Cricket without spectators is nothing new for Pakistan team as we have lot of experience in playing in such conditions at the neutral venues of Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE where most of the time stadiums were empty.

“But I think it will be a challenge for the other countries as it will be the first time for them to play in empty stadiums.”

“Overall, I have this fear that cricket without spectators may lose its charm and the transformation of the game into next generation will be severely hampered if the parents do not take their children to the stadium to see cricket matches first hand,” he observed.

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