Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt feels there is no need to talk about pacer Shaheen Afridi replacing Babar Azam as the next Test captain at the moment.
Afridi had a phenomenal season in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022, leading the Lahore Qalandars to the maiden title.
Following the team’s success, Lahore’s head coach Aqib Javed stated that Shaheen Afridi is good enough to captain Pakistan.
Although Butt also praised the leadership skills of the 21-year old, he thinks too many players eyeing to captain the national team will make things difficult in the dressing room.
“Shaheen Afridi was exceptional as a captain and showed great skills. But there is no need to go in seventh gear. Aaqib Javed has the right to say what he wants, and one should encourage players with such words. But if four players of the same age group are eyeing Pakistan’s captaincy, it is not good for the team. It is good to have a leadership group, but when a player starts thinking that he should lead the side, then it is not healthy for the team.”
Salman Butt also highlighted the difference between the Pakistan Super League and international cricket.
“PSL is not anywhere near to international cricket. So let’s not get too far ahead.”