“Captaincy Is A Hard Thing”: Inzamam-ul-Haq On Babar Azam
By SMCS - Jan 7, 2023 2:09 pm
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Despite plenty of poor results, former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has backed skipper Babar Azam and the coaching staff. Pakistan failed to win a single Test match last year, and they were whitewashed by England in a three-match Test series in December as well. While many have said about the poor pitches, skipper Babar and head coach Saqlain Mushtaq have also come under the scanner. However, Inzamam feels that Babar has silenced his critics with his contribution with the bat, adding that he needs support, instead of criticism.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam attended the press conference

“There is no captaincy pressure on him, he is answering the critics with his bat. Captaincy is a hard thing, and you learn it with time. Babar is currently going through that phase. He needs our support at this time. The more confidence the captain gets, the better decisions he takes. I don’t think he should be replaced,” Inzamam-ul-Haq was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan during an event.

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He also backed former teammates Saqlain and Mohammad Yousuf (batting coach), adding that the pair has done well despite ups and downs.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam scored a brilliant century

“There are ups and downs in the performance of the team, but Saqlain Mushtaq and Mohammad Yousuf have done a good job,” added Inzamam-ul-Haq.

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However, his comments come after the newly appointed chairman of the PCB management committee, Najam Sethi, shared that the board will be hiring foreign coaches soon as well. Notably, the two-match Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand also ended in a 0-0 draw as well.