Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt no talk is needed now about pace bowler Shaheen Afridi being the next national team captain at the moment. Afridi had a sensational Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022 where he led the Lahore Qalandars to the title.
Following the title win, Lahore Qalandars head coach Aqib Javed has said that Shaheen Afridi is good enough to lead Pakistan. Although Butt also lauded his leadership skills, he thinks too many players vying to captain Pakistan will create an unhealthy atmosphere.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt said: “Shaheen Afridi captained really well and showed great skills. But I think there is no need to go in seventh gear. Aaqib Javed has the right to speak in such a way and one should encourage players with such words. But if four-five people of the same age group get ready for captaincy then its not healthy for the team. It is good to have a leadership group but when a player starts thinking that he should be the captain then it is not healthy for the team.”
Salman Butt also added: “PSL is not anywhere near to the pressures and demands of international cricket. So let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. ”
However, Australia have been in great form, having beat England 4-0 in the Ashes in December-January. Butt thinks the upcoming Test series will be a big test for the Australian, who need to adjust to the slow and turning pitches in Pakistan as well. The first Test between Pakistan and Australia will begin at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on March 4.
“It will be a test for Australian batting. The pitch will be slower compared to that in Australia and there will be grip on offer. They will need to show adjustments there,” Salman Butt concluded.