Basit Ali wants Shaheen Afridi to lead Pakistan team
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has not yet commented on the matter
Former Pakistani batter, Basit Ali believes that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should change the captain of the national team in all three formats.
Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has called for the current national team captain, Babar Azam, to step down from his position.
The former player believes that Babar's captaincy responsibilities are affecting his performance with the bat and that he would be able to break records and surpass the achievements of greats in the game if he focused solely on his batting.
Basit Ali went on to say that all-rounder, Shadab Khan, who is also the vice-captain for the shortest format, could be a captaincy option in T20I cricket.
The newly appointed PCB management has maintained its faith in the all-format captain and has stated that there are no plans to remove Babar.
"Shaheen Afridi should be Pakistan's captain. Shaheen can lead Pakistan in ODI and Test cricket if he remains fit. Shadab Khan could be Pakistan's choice as captain in T20I cricket," he maintained.
The statement has sparked debate among cricket fans and experts, with some agreeing that Babar's captaincy may impact his performance. In contrast, others argue that he is still young and has the potential to improve as a leader.
Many legendary Pakistani cricketers have also backed the Lahore-born cricketer and advised PCB to give Babar time to improve his captaincy skills.
Earlier this month, legendary batter, Javed Miandad, said that Babar has been displaying outstanding individual performance and should continue to captain in all three formats.
Last week, former Pakistani pacer, Aaqib Javed, also backed Babar Azam, advising the PCB to focus on player development rather than changing the captain.