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  • Babar Azam is the right choice

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  • Sarfaraz Ahmed should have been retained

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  • Imad Wasim should have been given a chance

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    Babar Azam confirmed as Pakistan's ODI captain




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    Tough journey ahead for him, however it will be worth it to see him lift the Cup in WC 2023 iA!

    Good luck to Babar Azam!

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    Babar needs to improve his English big time. Otherwise life will be tough with toss, presentation ceremonies, press conferences etc. English is the universal language in cricket unlike football.

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    Not ideal to have a Captain who has a cousin that got done for a serious corruption breach in cricket and left school aged 12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    Babar needs to improve his English big time. Otherwise life will be tough with toss, presentation ceremonies, press conferences etc. English is the universal language in cricket unlike football.
    Thatís not a big issue as long as he performs.

    Messi canít talk English too, Iíve never heard Barca fans criticize him.

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    Babar will be worse than Misbah and Azhar as ODI Captain. He will score runs himself like they did, but he has bad taste in selection. He wanted Hafeez and Malik back for the T20Is vs Bangladesh.

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    Poor Babar will be in firing line of YouTube experts. Captaining Pakistan is not for the faint hearted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mueez View Post
    Messi canít talk English too, Iíve never heard Barca fans criticize him.
    That is football.
    Everybody speaks English in Cricket.
    Everything is more or less done in English in Cricket.

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    There's a tough period of captaincy ahead of him. With the limited overs sides needing revamps, he's gonna need some support from management, the board and the players.

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    About time

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    Iíve never understood this unnecessary obsession that subcontinent captains must speak English and if they donít itís a major weakness. I couldnít care less if Babar Azam couldnít speak two words of English and conducted all his interviews in Urdu.

    I remember Virender Sehwag coming out in support of Sarfaraz Ahmed on Twitter after fans were similarly criticising his English.

    ďCriticizing Sarfaraz for not speaking English is insane.His job is to play&he has done brilliantly 2 take Pak in finals #StopColonialMindsetĒ

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    All the best to babar
    I believe he ll become a good captain someone like kane Williamson
    Can anybody plz tell us how was babars stint as u19 captain


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    Eventually Shadab is the natural choice to lead in ODIís and T20i

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    I think Captaincy is going to really test his approach to batting. Much more responsibility now to score impactful runs rather than just anchor

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    Babar Azam U19 Captaincy:

    Matches: 21
    Won: 13
    Lost: 7
    W/L: 1.86

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mir jibran View Post
    All the best to babar
    I believe he ll become a good captain someone like kane Williamson
    Can anybody plz tell us how was babars stint as u19 captain
    Finished in 8th place in the 2012 ICC U19 World Cup from 16 teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Babar Azam U19 Captaincy:

    Matches: 21
    Won: 13
    Lost: 7
    W/L: 1.86
    8th place in the U19 WC 2012 - the one that mattered

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    It's a challenge for newly appointed captains to manage not only his own performances but also the performances of his teammates. You are thinking for 11 players not just one.

    Babar should have a vision and set of goals, and identify how he'll achieve them. By looking at the current ODI and T20 team, it's clear we lack a settled opening pair, a world class spinner and a quality keeper batsman (Rizwan is more suited to red ball cricket).

    He needs to be strong in his decision making, not kowtow to Misbah and play bhai bhai with the seniors. It's YOUR team now.

    Good luck, hopefully it won't affect his batting.

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    Sarfraz won his last 6 ODIs. Finished well.

    But no Asia Cup final 2018.
    No World Cup semi final 2019.
    0 series wins vs Eng, Aus, SA, NZ under him.
    Lost 4-0 in Eng 2019.
    Lost 5-0 in NZ 2018.
    Was 2-1 down in SA 2019 when he was banned for the racial incident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    8th place in the U19 WC 2012 - the one that mattered
    To be fair, U19 captains arenít as important as the U19 coach. I donít think thereís any point looking at his U19 stats at all, I just posted them here since @Mir jibran was interested.

    If you want my honest opinion, Babar will be more of a tactical leader than an Imran Khan. The team no doubt looks up to him but he doesnít have the charisma.

    What I think is the best option (and it also looks to be Misbahís own plan) is that Shadab will be made the limited overs vice captain very soon. He is charismatic and leads from the front, and most importantly is in Misbahís good books. Mickey had marked him as Pakistanís future all format captain.

    When Azhar retires (late 2021), Babar will be made test captain in addition to ODI captaincy. T20 captaincy will be given to Shadab. This will be the leadership until 2023.

    After the 2023 World Cup, if we do well (semis at the very least) the structure will remain intact for another 2-3 years. If not, assuming he is still performing by then, Shadab will be made ODI captain in 2023.

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    Shan Masood would have been a fine option for this.

    Educated.
    Outstanding English.
    Captaincy experience.
    Deep thinker of the game.
    Outstanding work ethic.
    High levels of fitness.
    Impressive List A record.
    Uncontroversial.

    The type of Captain you'd want representing Pakistan.

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    Shan Masood could have been like Karunaratne leading SL in ODIs.

    Brought in for leadership. Left handed top order batsman mainly seen as a Test batsman.

    Karunaratne led SL to a decent 2019 WC (wins over Eng, WI, Afg) having not played an ODI since the 2015 WC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Eventually Shadab is the natural choice to lead in ODIís and T20i
    First he should try and become natural choice for playing eleven


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    Good decision, gives Bobby enough time to get experience before the next WC. If only he had competent support staff. And what is this news that I'm hearing that Amir won't get central contract..... Instead vindictive loser Misbah will play nobodies like Musa wusa and we will continue to suck.

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    An ODI captain that actually merits a place in the team

    When was the last we had that?

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    There was no better choice. Guy has great work ethics and has the will to keep on improving along with the enough skills in him as cricketer to inspire and these are the kind of traits you want in someone to lead Shaheen, Naseem, Haider Ali etc in coming years.

    Lets compare him with some previous LOI captains:

    - Sarfaraz Ahmed (Started as someone with passion but, became unfit, lethargic and never had a lot of natural ability to inspire)

    - Misbah Ul Haq (Great work ethics and temperament but with pretty limited natural skillset to inspire the youngsters)

    - Shahid Afridi (Had flare but not someone who had the temperament to grind in and adapt when team needed that from him, overall he was an emotional human being)

    - Younis Khan (A test legend but had limited skillset in LOIs himself to lead from the front and inspire others in the long run and was an extremely emotional human being)

    - Inzimam Ul Haq (Most skillful of the lot before Babar but his lack of hunger to keep on improving and not the best fitness held him back from achieving what he could)

    While some are pretty big names but none of them had the complete overall package of skills to impress, work ethics to inspire and temperament to influence, especially the youngsters. I guess same was visible in our ODI performances as well other than few good years under Inzi and here and there.

    What previous successful captains like Wasim, Imran had was the whole package of the traits mentioned above.

    While Babar hasn’t necessarily developed the personality of these two but atleast he has some of the basic traits which which helps in building a team which can have the character to win matches anywhere and from nowhere. Yes he obviously needs to gain experience and work hard on his field settings and overall leadership but he has some traits which others before him didnt have. Some of these traits can prove to be a key especially if we look at current and upcoming youngsters in Pakistan¬’s national team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFM View Post
    An ODI captain that actually merits a place in the team

    When was the last we had that?
    Usually an English problem that:

    Atherton
    Hussain
    Vaughan
    Strauss
    Cook

    Test Captains leading ODI side and not automatic picks if they weren't Captain

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    Shan Masood could have been like Karunaratne leading SL in ODIs.

    Brought in for leadership. Left handed top order batsman mainly seen as a Test batsman.

    Karunaratne led SL to a decent 2019 WC (wins over Eng, WI, Afg) having not played an ODI since the 2015 WC.
    Just because it works for another country doesn't mean it'll work for Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    Shan Masood would have been a fine option for this.

    Educated.
    Outstanding English.
    Captaincy experience.
    Deep thinker of the game.
    Outstanding work ethic.
    High levels of fitness.
    Impressive List A record.
    Uncontroversial.

    The type of Captain you'd want representing Pakistan.
    Those are all well and good but he needs to at least justify his spot in the team by performing in ODIS.

    The few ODIS he featured in he was disappointing.

    But he does deserve a proper run based on his List A credentials

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    Azhar Ali as specialist ODI captain would have been the best option. Similar to his Test role

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mueez View Post
    Thatís not a big issue as long as he performs.

    Messi canít talk English too, Iíve never heard Barca fans criticize him.
    Because Barca folks speak Spanish as Messi.

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    Pakistan chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday said Babar Azam has been given the ODI captaincy keeping in mind the 2023 World Cup in mind so that the ace batsman can be groomed in three years’ time for the showpiece event.

    T20 captain Babar on Wednesday replaced wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed as the ODI skipper after the latter was axed from the team across formats following his poor form with the bat.

    “We have kept in mind who can serve us in the long run. We have kept the 2023 World Cup in mind while picking Babar as ODI captain. He is the captain of T20 side, he is a top-class performer and this is the right time to groom him,” Misbah said.

    “He is taking the challenge head on. Since he became our T20 captain his Test performance has also improved. So why not, if he can take responsibility,” said the former Pakistan captain.

    Naseem Shah and Iftikhar Ahmad were the two new faces in the 18-player men’s central contract list for the 2020-21 season, which will come into effect from July 1, while the Pakistan Cricket Board also confirmed Azhar Ali as Test captain for the period during which Pakistan is scheduled to play nine Tests, six ODIs and 20 T20Is, besides the Asia Cup and the ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2020.

    Experienced pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz did not find a place in the contract and Hasan Ali’s name was also missing.

    “The selectors have made the tough decisions to leave out Amir, Hasan and Wahab but considering Hasan missed most of the season due to an injury and Amir and Wahab decided to focus on white-ball cricket, this was the right move,” Misbah said.

    “However, Amir and Wahab are senior and experienced bowlers and they remain in contention as we believe they can still contribute to the Pakistan men’s cricket team and also mentor our young battery of fast bowlers. I spoke to them on phone and it was a tough call.”

    Amir has 259 wickets for Pakistan across all formats and retired from Tests in July 2019.

    Left-armer Riaz has taken 228 wickets and last appeared in a T20 international against Australia in November.

    Imam-ul-Haq, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah slipped one category each. On former skipper Sarfaraz, Misbah said: “I feel Sarfaraz can play all three formats. He has been valued. He is not captain so he has been demoted. But he is very much in our plans. Mohammad Rizwan is there but he will be considered. He is still a valuable player.”


    https://www.hindustantimes.com/crick...j3DYoeEGK.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    Shan Masood could have been like Karunaratne leading SL in ODIs.

    Brought in for leadership. Left handed top order batsman mainly seen as a Test batsman.

    Karunaratne led SL to a decent 2019 WC (wins over Eng, WI, Afg) having not played an ODI since the 2015 WC.
    Karunaratne is not a good one-day batsman. Only reason he is in the team is because Sri Lanka exhausted all viable captaincy options.

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    Babar was always going to become captain so I am glad this was done sooner rather than later. He has a lot to learn but I think he can become a good captain in the mold of someone like Williamson. Williamson though is also very tactically astute and that is something not everyone can emulate that easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    Shan Masood would have been a fine option for this.

    Educated.
    Outstanding English.
    Captaincy experience.
    Deep thinker of the game.
    Outstanding work ethic.
    High levels of fitness.
    Impressive List A record.
    Uncontroversial.

    The type of Captain you'd want representing Pakistan.
    He's a much better option for Test captain. In ODIs he needs to do more to justify a place in the starting eleven because Abid Ali and Fakhar Zaman are still ahead of him in the pecking order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    To be fair, U19 captains aren’t as important as the U19 coach. I don’t think there’s any point looking at his U19 stats at all, I just posted them here since @Mir jibran was interested.

    If you want my honest opinion, Babar will be more of a tactical leader than an Imran Khan. The team no doubt looks up to him but he doesn’t have the charisma.

    What I think is the best option (and it also looks to be Misbah’s own plan) is that Shadab will be made the limited overs vice captain very soon. He is charismatic and leads from the front, and most importantly is in Misbah’s good books. Mickey had marked him as Pakistan’s future all format captain.

    When Azhar retires (late 2021), Babar will be made test captain in addition to ODI captaincy. T20 captaincy will be given to Shadab. This will be the leadership until 2023.

    After the 2023 World Cup, if we do well (semis at the very least) the structure will remain intact for another 2-3 years. If not, assuming he is still performing by then, Shadab will be made ODI captain in 2023.
    Shadab is years away from captaincy. Only way I see him getting captaincy is if Babar does really badly for an extended period of time. Otherwise gun batsmen like Kohli, Williamson, Root... in the past; Ponting, Lara usually stay captain till their form starts receding or they retire.

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    Sensible decision. He is the only one making the team on merit and has an assured spot till 2023 WC

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    Great decision by PCB someone who is deserving player in the team.some of the comments about azar or shan masood being captain is ridiculous

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    Babar needs to improve his English big time. Otherwise life will be tough with toss, presentation ceremonies, press conferences etc. English is the universal language in cricket unlike football.
    Tbh if he wins matches idc about his english

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    Babar will be worse than Misbah and Azhar as ODI Captain. He will score runs himself like they did, but he has bad taste in selection. He wanted Hafeez and Malik back for the T20Is vs Bangladesh.
    The final call on selection is going to by your God Misbah. Letís not pretend like Babar has a say in front of the coach, selector, and whatever else.


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    Congrats.

    It's just a matter of time before age of Bobby begins with test captaincy

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    I hope this doesn't have the Tendulkar and Lara effect on him where captaincy affects his batting

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    Quote Originally Posted by sshakir411 View Post
    The final call on selection is going to by your God Misbah. Let’s not pretend like Babar has a say in front of the coach, selector, and whatever else.
    Didnt he get hafeez Malik in squad which they disagreed then brought them back in t20s ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    Didnt he get hafeez Malik in squad which they disagreed then brought them back in t20s ?
    Precisely but Misbahís fans are going to blame it on the captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sshakir411 View Post
    The final call on selection is going to by your God Misbah. Letís not pretend like Babar has a say in front of the coach, selector, and whatever else.

    ďI felt that we needed these two (Malik, Hafeez) seniors. They were part of the number one team last year,Ē he said.

    ďI gave my opinion to the selectors and they heard me. Their presence will help me and the team. I will learn from them on captaincy as well,Ē Babar added.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.hindu...qU7xI_amp.html

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    Think too much on his shoulders - should be Imad Wasim as ODI captain.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sshakir411 View Post
    Precisely but Misbah’s fans are going to blame it on the captain.
    But it was babar who wanted him in the squad I am pretty much sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    “I felt that we needed these two (Malik, Hafeez) seniors. They were part of the number one team last year,” he said.

    “I gave my opinion to the selectors and they heard me. Their presence will help me and the team. I will learn from them on captaincy as well,” Babar added.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.hindu...qU7xI_amp.html
    Correct it was babar who wanted them in the team

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    ďI felt that we needed these two (Malik, Hafeez) seniors. They were part of the number one team last year,Ē he said.

    ďI gave my opinion to the selectors and they heard me. Their presence will help me and the team. I will learn from them on captaincy as well,Ē Babar added.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.hindu...qU7xI_amp.html
    ď Misbah stated the following after the washout clash in Lahore, "After two series, we have realised that we cannot go all out with youngsters and we need experience. So, obviously Babar did back them [Malik and Hafeez] and, as expected, their experience did work for us. The doors are never shut. If any player who is fit, performing and required, he should definitely be considered. If their form is helping your team, then I don't see any problemĒ


    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.tim...h-t20is/546080

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    But it was babar who wanted him in the squad I am pretty much sure
    So Babar can veto Misbah? Read the post above.

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    Common thing among the captains of other top teams are that they are all performers whether we look at Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, QDK, Aron Finch. Few decades back there might have been a thing that some players were in the team because they were good captains but its not feasible in the modern era.

    The only person who is a performer in Pak setup across the formats is Babar Azam. There is a reason that someone who is a performer is made captain on most occasions as unlike a non performing captain he doesnt need to keep juggling his efforts to prove his value in the team and then his leadership.

    Captaincy is an honor which needs to be earned in my opinion and others like Imad Wasim or Shan Masood(Who has just played 5 ODI matches at an avg of 22) havent done enough for Pakistan as cricketers to get that honor. Also not to forget that both are 30 years of age.

    Yes, one can try to decide on the basis of leadership abilities among two top performers e.g India can do between Kohli or Rohit for ODIs however Imad and Shan are nowhere near Babar in terms of performances. I think Imad led KK decently this season in PSL and has a decent cricketing brain but I think to captain Pakistan having top performances behind as a player should be a basic criteria.

    As a player its a top feeling to have a captain to which you can look upto and it makes you push harder and become better and I cant think of better player than Babar for the role due to this very reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bezli View Post
    Because Barca folks speak Spanish as Messi.


    Pakistani fans speak Urdu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    Shan Masood could have been like Karunaratne leading SL in ODIs.

    Brought in for leadership. Left handed top order batsman mainly seen as a Test batsman.

    Karunaratne led SL to a decent 2019 WC (wins over Eng, WI, Afg) having not played an ODI since the 2015 WC.
    We have an option in Babar who is a top player, has good work ethics and a long career ahead. Unfortunately Srl didnt have anybody and Karunaratne after historic test series win in SA came into contention.

    Shan can be an option in tests depending upon how he progresses as a test opener, how long Azhar plays and how Babar responds to his new leadership roles.

    Shan has a decent cricketing mind and he does speak well but I think foremost thing to be the captain of any team is to be one of the better players in the team and inspire others with your performances. While Shan's list A stats are terrific but doesnt completely look at home in LOIs and with options of Imam, Fakhar, Sharjeel and even Haider Ali (though he can play in the middle as well), Shan would have had question marks over his place from the very start.

    Modern day captaincy is a tough job in itself, juggling it with proving yourself as a player in the format hasnt brought any exemplary success to many captains if any in the last 2, 3 decades. A performing captain is a common attribute of the top teams in current era and they look at it even when the appoint the captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Good decision, gives Bobby enough time to get experience before the next WC. If only he had competent support staff. And what is this news that I'm hearing that Amir won't get central contract..... Instead vindictive loser Misbah will play nobodies like Musa wusa and we will continue to suck.
    Misbah's got his eyes on that no.9 ranking again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kroll View Post
    Misbah's got his eyes on that no.9 ranking again.
    Hes got no wye on no.9 due to babar being captain or due to amir not getting contract ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sshakir411 View Post
    So Babar can veto Misbah? Read the post above.
    Babar wanted him in the squad and misbah backed that decision

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    Babar wanted him in the squad and misbah backed that decision
    Read that comment again from Misbah. Misbah as selectors and coach has more say than yes man Babar. Unless you have inside knowledge that Babar demanded them to be included?

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    Good decision.


    Does cricket survive off of it's money or does it survive for it's money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    Hes got no wye on no.9 due to babar being captain or due to amir not getting contract ?
    With his all round uselessness. Babar becoming captain resolved itself as Azhar no longer plays ODIs. There's varying degrees of opinion as far as Amir's concerned bit it was clearly a vindictive step by the overlord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    And what is this news that I'm hearing that Amir won't get central contract.....
    Not getting a central contract is not at all an indication of non selection. Amir is still a starter in ODIs and will be in contention big time for world T20(whenever that happens) as well.

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    Babar will crumble under pressure. Maybe someone else should have been made captain. Let Babar focus solely on his game. Weíre just derailing the machine that is Babar!

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    Should have been Imad Wasim or Shan Masood. Let Babar concentrate on his batting

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmadharis1 View Post
    Should have been Imad Wasim or Shan Masood. Let Babar concentrate on his batting
    Wasim's hit and miss and bit of a show pony. Masood's not a shoe in for the starting slot.

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    Masood? Forget starting slot heís not even in contention for ODIs at this point.

    The only viable alternatives were Babar, Imad, and Shadab. Thereís no one else in the team who can be groomed for 2023.

    From these options Babar is the best bet as Imad might get unfit and it might be a little too soon to make Shaddy our captain for the 2023 world cup. Heís only 21 right now

    I agree I want Babar to focus on batting but we donít really have any other options

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    So babar becoming captain you think they going to drop to number 9 because misbah picked him as captain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kroll View Post
    With his all round uselessness. Babar becoming captain resolved itself as Azhar no longer plays ODIs. There's varying degrees of opinion as far as Amir's concerned bit it was clearly a vindictive step by the overlord.
    So you think misbah making babar captain they going to fall to 9th lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forward Defensive Push View Post
    Babar will crumble under pressure. Maybe someone else should have been made captain. Let Babar focus solely on his game. Weíre just derailing the machine that is Babar!
    Who else imad waseem,shabab?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kroll View Post
    Wasim's hit and miss and bit of a show pony. Masood's not a shoe in for the starting slot.
    Wasim could have been a choice as for masood hes not getting in the squad never mind in the team but stil I back babar 100 percent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Masood? Forget starting slot he’s not even in contention for ODIs at this point.

    The only viable alternatives were Babar, Imad, and Shadab. There’s no one else in the team who can be groomed for 2023.

    From these options Babar is the best bet as Imad might get unfit and it might be a little too soon to make Shaddy our captain for the 2023 world cup. He’s only 21 right now

    I agree I want Babar to focus on batting but we don’t really have any other options
    Good analysis no other option right now shadab can be future captain

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    Good decision. Why hide your only world class batsman from achieving higher ambition? At least Babar gets respect of the opposition and is an ICC top ranked batsman. That takes much higher priority over language/seniority gimmicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sshakir411 View Post
    Read that comment again from Misbah. Misbah as selectors and coach has more say than yes man Babar. Unless you have inside knowledge that Babar demanded them to be included?
    Of course he has more of a say but babar did want them in the team azwell

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    Who else imad waseem,shabab?
    Captains don't do well in our setup. Imran was an exception. I'm just worried that Babar's performances will dip after this promotion. Now he has to worry about others' games which ideally he is not responsible for.

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    Imad or Shan indeed would've been much better options. Babar is our premier batsman and batting should be his only responsibility. He has enough things to worry about already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forward Defensive Push View Post
    Imad or Shan indeed would've been much better options. Babar is our premier batsman and batting should be his only responsibility. He has enough things to worry about already.
    Shan doesnít play ODIs what are you talking about

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Shan doesnít play ODIs what are you talking about
    Neither did Karunaratne, Alastair Cook and Azhar Ali. No harm in looking beyond the playing XI or squad to identify the best possible Captain if you feel he's got what it takes to lead well. George Bailey for example was made Captain on debut. Recently Pollard was appointed WI Captain having not been in WI World Cup squad or played an ODI for so long.

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    Good call by PCB

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    Neither did Karunaratne, Alastair Cook and Azhar Ali. No harm in looking beyond the playing XI or squad to identify the best possible Captain if you feel he's got what it takes to lead well. George Bailey for example was made Captain on debut. Recently Pollard was appointed WI Captain having not been in WI World Cup squad or played an ODI for so long.
    That English side had to radically transform under Eoin Morgan to become what it is today. Azhar had to step down as captain for us to win the championís trophy. Karunaratne hasnt exactly won any world cups, champions trophies, Or taken sri lanka to the top 3

    I donít know why you would give such mediocre examples

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    You make ur best player the captain therefore this decision is completely justified. A world class player will always set a higher bar for his team compared to below average player like sarfraz. Mediocrity begets mediocrity

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    Not sure why some here are mentioning Shan Masood when he is not even a regular on the ODI side and I don't think he will even become one with Fakhar/Sharjeel/Imam/Abid and upcoming Haider Ali all competing for those spots.

    Biggest mistake PCB made in recent years was making Azhar captain in ODI's despite not even being worthy of a roster spot. It was a disaster and there is no way they should basically give up a roster spot to have an ideal captain on the team. Maybe if Pakistan was India/Australia/England who have an abundance of talent on their roster, they could justify have one weaker spot in XI but Pakistan cannot.

    Babar is a guaranteed selection unlike many options others are throwing out there. And I am happy they've named him captain. Soon enough, he'll be captaining the Test side as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    So you think misbah making babar captain they going to fall to 9th lol
    Where did I say that?


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