Not long ago, Pakistan appointed star batsman Babar Azam their limited overs skipper. Babar has quickly come up as one of the finest batsmen of the present generation throwing challenges to the likes of Virat Kohli. In order to grow as a role model on and off the field. The 25 year old his working on his english speaking skills. He stated that in order to be a complete captain one has to be able to interact comfortably with the media and express correctly in front of the crowd.
These statements have not gone down well with former Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Rashid Latif. The 25 year old was recently advised by former Pakistan cricketer Tanvir Ahmed that he should work on his oratory skills and that advice has been taken seriously by Babar.
Shoaib Akhtar went on to talk about how the youngster need to acquire skills of leadership from Imran Khan.
“Babar Azam wants to be a captain like Imran Khan but this does not mean that it will only be related to playing cricket. He needs to take a leaf out of PM Imran’s book with regards to personality as well,” Akhtar said.
“Please don’t speak about things which we already know from the past 10 years. We won’t buy this argument,” he said. “Babar has to sharpen up his communication skills, his personality, ability to lead from the front, fitness level etc. I think he has a lot to prove,” Akhtar added.
On the other hand, Rashid Latif believed that Babar Azam should have come up with strong statement instead of the language problem and comparision with the Indian skipper.
“When captain is sitting in a press conference, he gives insight about his vision but this was clearly lacking,” said Latif. “Our captain is giving headlines about the language barrier and things we already know, like comparison with Virat Kohli,” Latif was quoted as saying by CricketPakistan.
“Babar should have made a strong statement rather than just following the script given to him. You have already showcased that your mental attitude and approach is not up to the mark,” he added.