On the rear of his consistent performance, Babar Azam succeeded Sarfaraz Ahmed because the captain of Pakistan national team within the limited-overs format, however, former Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Rashid Latif are of the assumption that the 25-year-old isn't prepared for the leadership role.
Earlier this month, Babar Azam was named Pakistan skipper for ODIs. After being assigned the new captaincy role, Babar Azam said that he wants to emulate former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan within the ODIs.
Babar Azam also took part in his first virtual news conference after being appointed the ODI captain, however, his comments during the media address left Akhtar and Latif unimpressed.
During the news conference Babar Azam skilled former Pakistan cricketer Tanvir Ahmed's remark where he suggested the young batsman to enhance his English speaking skills.
“I’m a cricketer, my job is to play cricket. i'm not a ‘gora,’ who knows English completely. Yes, i'm performing on it, but you learn this stuff over a period of your time , you can’t just suddenly learn it,” Babar Azam said after taking over ODI captaincy.
An unimpressed Shoaib Akhtar suggested that Babar Azam wants to be like Imran Khan but so as to achieve that level he would be required to sharpen up his personality and communication skills.
“Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this doesn't mean that it'll only be associated with playing cricket. He must take a leaf out of PM Imran’s book with regards to personality also . Please don’t discuss things which we already know from the past 10 years. We won’t buy this argument. Babar has got to sharpen up his communication skills, his personality, ability to steer from the front, fitness level etc. i feel he features a lot to prove,” Akhtar said during a YouTube show WAJI's Sports.
Latif, on the opposite hand, said Babar Azam's mental approach wasn't up to the mark.
“When the captain is sitting during a news conference , he gives insight about his vision but this was clearly lacking,” Latif was quoted as saying by cricket Pakistan.
"Our captain is giving headlines about the barrier and things we already know, like comparison with Virat Kohli. Babar should have made a robust statement instead of just following the script given to him. you've got already showcased that your attitude and approach isn't up to the mark,” Latif said.