Pakistan’s legendary all-rounder Imran Khan revealed that he had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint Babar Azam as the skipper of the national team across formats.
Pakistan endured a dreadful World Cup campaign in 2019 in England and Wales, which saw Sarfaraz Ahmed losing the captaincy and spot in the team as well.
After that their star batsman Babar Azam was asked to take over the reins of Pakistan’s white-ball cricket. Later he was appointed as the captain of the national team in the longest format as well.
Here’s what Imran Khan said during an interaction with Piers Morgan on his ‘TalkTV’ show:
“Our cricket was going through a bad time when I was the Prime Minister. I only watched him [Babar Azam] play twice and immediately asked the head of the cricket board, you must make him the captain because he is genuinely world-class.”
The 1992 World Cup-winning captain, lavished praise on Babar Azam for his versatility, technique, stroke play, and temperament and called him the ‘world-class captain’.
“He is exceptional and I haven’t seen a player with such versatility and correct technique, such stroke play, and temperament; he could go anywhere from here,” he stated.
“Him as the captain makes a lot of sense because you want your captain to be world-class so that he commands respect.”
The Men in Green have managed to make it to the finals of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and are all set to take on England in the final of the tournament on Sunday, November 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.