LONDON: Pakistan former captain Shahid Afridi believes that veteran batsman Shoaib Malik would have been a better T20I captaincy choice over Babar Azam, as ICC T20 World Cup 2020 approaches.
“Babar Azam is no doubt the backbone of Pakistan batting line and a consistent performer for Pakistan, but I believe that the T20I captaincy should have been handed to Shoaib Malik instead of Babar Azam,” said Afridi in a video.
The former captain was of the view that the appointment of Malik as T20I captain would have made more sense as ICC T20 World Cup nears. “Malik has been playing for a considerable period now, and has been part of various cricketing leagues as well, so as a captain Malik should have led Pakistan, till the World Cup at least,” he added.
The former all-rounder applauded the outgoing captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for his achievements, as Pakistan won the Champions Trophy 2017 and also became a dominant T20I team under his leadership. “Sarfaraz shouldn’t dishearten himself, as he could still serve Pakistan as a player as well, and he still got the time to make a strong comeback.”