by: Atika Mehboob TN Sport Pakistan:
Former Pakistani fast bowler, Mohammad Amir, has shared his insights on potential leaders for the national cricket team in all three formats. During an interview on a local media channel, Amir recommended a shift in captaincy, offering three alternatives to replace current skipper Babar Azam.
Amir highlighted the upcoming T20 World Cup and the series against Australia, proposing Imad Wasim as the captain for the T20I format. Moving on to the ODI format, he suggested Shan Masood as a potential leader.
In the realm of Test cricket, Amir advocated for the inclusion of Sarfaraz Ahmed in a leadership role. He suggested appointing Sarfaraz as the Test captain alongside a young player as the vice-captain, providing an opportunity for grooming future leaders.
After Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the 2023 World Cup, questions have arisen about the continuity of leadership roles, including that of Babar Azam, head coach Grant Bradburn, and team director Mickey Arthur. Discussions within the cricket board on this matter reportedly began before the match against England. The chances of Babar Azam retaining the captaincy in white-ball cricket seem uncertain.
However, some quarters have proposed that Babar continue as captain during the Test series against Australia, with a decision expected in the coming days. There are also unconfirmed reports suggesting that Babar Azam may be contemplating resigning as captain.