While former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar has criticised Pakistan captain Babar Azam for his communication abilities other than additionally taking a dig towards former Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, Akhtar has picked Pakistani all-rounder Shadab Khan as his selection for the subsequent Pakistan captain. Akhtar had spoken concerning the lack of ability of Pakistan cricketers to speak effectively in English and it being the explanation for Babar Azam to change into the largest model in Pakistan as effectively within the cricket world.
“Shadab is a very smart kid when it comes to cricket skills. He wants to improve, which is a very good thing. He is ready to accept his mistakes and rectify them. In the past two years, he has worked really hard on his bowling and his fitness has improved as well. He wants to look good and speaks well. In times to come, he is not a bad option for captaincy for Pakistan in white-ball cricket,” Akhtar was quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
While Pakistan had reached the ultimate of the ICC World T20 final 12 months underneath Azam’s captaincy, Akhtar has been crucial of Azam’s captaincy in white-ball cricket since lengthy. Azam has been the captain of the Pakistan cricket staff in all of the three codecs since 2020. Akhat, who has been vocal about his ideas about Azam and different Pakistani cricketers, feels Khan is an aggressive captain. Currently Khan is captaining Islamabad United within the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2023 version and was the vice-captain of Pakistan staff in final 12 months’s ICC World T20 in Australia. The Mianwali born 24-year-old all-rounder has performed six Test matches, 53 ODI’s and 84 T20Is for Pakistan in his profession and Akhtar believes that the all-rounder can information his staff Islamabad United to a title win in PSL this 12 months. “Shadab is a great captain and future of Pakistan cricket. I think Shadab is an aggressive captain with a balanced team, great batting line-up and a great attitude. Shadab and Azhar Mahmood (Coach of Islamabad United) are looking great and they can win the PSL 8 trophy,” Akhtar added.
Earlier the previous pacer had criticised Azam’s communication abilities. You have to notice these items, my intention was to not belittle Babar… he’s a model face…I would like him to look that approach. Babar is as large a participant as Virat Kohli in the event you see Virat’s video…he speaks fluently,” the 47-year-old had advised ARY News final week.
Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Rameez Raja had termed Akhtar as a delusional celebrity after his feedback on Azam and Akmal. “Shoaib Akhtar is a delusional superstar. He also had an issue recently with Kamran Akmal. He wants everyone to become a brand, but it is more important to become a human first. First, become a human and then a brand. Our former players degrade our cricket brand by giving delusional statements. You will never see that happening in our neighbouring country. You will never see Sunil Gavaskar criticising Rahul Dravid. It only happens in Pakistan, where former players don’t let others do their job professionally,” Raja had advised Pakistan TV channel Bol News.