Former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif feels Babar Azam’s days as Pakistan’s ODI skipper are likely to end soon as the team is not performing well under his leadership. Pakistan were recently whitewashed 0-3 in the three-match series by a second-string England team led by Ben Stokes.
Despite England’s main squad being in isolation due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Pakistan were undone by the hosts in all the departments of the game. Latif said that if Pakistan fail to win the ongoing T20I series against England and the upcoming T20I series against West Indies, Babar is likely to be sacked.
“Babar has the team support but not the support as far as performances are concerned in this series. They won their previous few series. Here [in England] they have given very bad performances but we will still give margin to Babar. This T20 series and the upcoming tour of the West Indies is very crucial for Babar’s captaincy. I think if it goes south, Babar might have to relinquish captaincy after the West Indies series in order to preserve his own performances. I think he might be asked to or take the decision himself if they fail miserably in the series against West Indies,” Latif was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.
Latif wants pacer Hasan Ali to lead Pakistan in the ODI format of the game. “He [Babar Azam] is ok as the T20 captain and even in Tests. The main problem is in the ODI format. We have to fix that. I think in the ODI format they should try someone like Hasan Ali. Someone with a bit of aggression should captain in the ODIs,” he added.