Once again, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has offered his advice to skipper Babar Azam, suggesting that he step down from the captaincy and focus on his role as a player within the team. This advice comes in the wake of Pakistan’s loss to India on October 14.
Speaking on a private TV show, Malik reiterated his belief, saying, “I have consistently expressed my opinion that Babar should relinquish the captaincy.”
Malik clarified that his advice was not solely in response to Pakistan’s recent loss to India or the margin of defeat. Rather, he believes that the 29-year-old captain can perform better when not burdened with the responsibilities of leadership.
He explained, “Based on some analysis I’ve conducted, I am convinced that Babar can deliver outstanding performances both for himself and the team as a cricketer.”
Malik criticized Babar’s leadership style, suggesting that he lacks innovative thinking and that a cricketer should keep their leadership and batting skills separate since they are distinct roles. He also expressed his belief that Babar’s performance as a captain hasn’t shown significant improvement over time.
Furthermore, when discussing the team’s performance, the 41-year-old emphasized that the players tend to thrive when the match goes according to plan but struggle when circumstances deviate from the expected trajectory.
In light of the defeat to India, Malik encouraged Babar, reminding him that there are still many matches left in the tournament and advised him to stay resilient.