Kamran Akmal

Babar Azam has successfully taken over the reins as captain of the Pakistan men’s cricket team. The team has been performing decently under his leadership and Babar has also managed to impress the cricket fraternity both as a captain and a batsman.

Though Pakistan’s veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal was all praises for the 26-year-old, he pointed out the areas Babar can improve as a captain. The 39-year-old believes that the batsman has shown commendable improvement while captaining the team.

Citing examples of legendary Pakistan skipper’s such as Inzamam ul Haq and Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal, highlighted that both the former captains were very particular regarding the selection of players and always valued domestic experience.

“Babar Azam is improving as a captain with passing time. Although, he needs to bring improvement in his selection policy. Inzi [Inzamamul Haq] and Younis [Khan] bhai were very strict in this matter. They valued domestic experience over short-cut selections. Babar needs to understand that this will affect team performance in the future,” said Akmal.

“The situation will be clear after the tour of England. Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz should be included in the side. Amir has four to five years of cricket left in him, while Riaz can play for another 2-3 years. Experience is very important. Pakistan needs mature bowlers bearing in mind the flat nature of pitches in India,” he told Cricket Pakistan.

Akmal also reckoned that Pakistan hasn’t faced any problems while playing with an inexperienced squad as in the past months they have played only against weak teams. He, however, believes that the team will face problems while playing against teams like India and England and thus needs to add experience to their squad.

“Luckily, the teams Pakistan has played against in the past seven or eight months have lacked their top players but I’m sure the coach, selectors, and Babar know where their team stands when they will come up against the likes of India, England Australia. I don’t think they want to admit that this but things will become clear going forward,” he added.

“Players need to be selected based on domestic experience. Look at the examples of Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Fawad Alam, and Imamul Haq, they have all been selected on consistent domestic performance which is now being translated in international cricket. I don’t know why the selectors are in a hurry to give young players chances. Maybe they think these players will leave Pakistan if not selected

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