There has been a lot of debate on selecting the best suitable skipper for the Pakistan Cricket Team. We have seen major rotation in the national team’s selected scenario regarding players and captains for a long time.
From where all of it started?
The team bloomed under Sarfaraz Ahmed’s captaincy as the T20 specialist captain eased the team’s hardships. He is the only Pakistani captain to win three titles for his teams as he sustained triumph in the U19 World Cup and then went on to conquer the Champions Trophy 2017 – that too against India.
There is always a fall and rise of every player. We can consider the example of captain Virat Kohli who is leading Team India for years. Yet, the BCCI supports him despite his poor or good performances knowing the team’s uttered outcomes.
Although he is yet to win an ICC trophy, the immense support of the BCCI is credible enough to cheer him up among one of the successful skippers despite downfalls on some intervals.
The excerpt from Sarfaraz to Babar:
Sarfaraz, who took team Pakistan to the number one T20I team on ICC rankings, had 11 consecutive T20I wins. After he failed to inspire in a few matches, the management decided to sack him from the captaincy and then from the squad.
The skipper has also won the PSL title for the Quetta Gladiators showing his grasp on the T20I leading. He later performed in the domestic cricket representing Sindh and was called back in the national squad on behalf of the performances.
Who can be the best captain, Babar or Shadab?
Mohammad Rizwan, his competitor but not the rivals, is preferred in the squads as a mid-over wicketkeeping batsman in the squad, due to which Sarfaraz is still awaited to make it to the playing XI.
Babar Azam taking over the roles, will it affect his performance?
PCB’s new selection went to pick Babar Azam as the skipper of all three formats sacking down Azhar Ali from the red-ball cricket’s captaincy.
The lately appointed Babar is yet to show his leading skills working with Shadab Khan as a vice-captain. There has been quite a lot of saying regarding whether Shadab or Babar can lead the team better.
Babar or Shadab? Who suits the captain post for the team best?
Considering Shadab’s captaincy, we saw him last year as the Islamabad United skipper for the entire season. The team ended on the fifth spot with the immense struggle put by the United’s.
The whole season was enough to judge, with a few more changes coming in Shadab Khan’s way to prove his captaincy skills. The inexperienced captain was featured as the PSL 2021 began, which has been postponed amidst COVID.
Captaincy stats of Babar, Shadab:
It looked more like a comeback by the United under Shadab as they are on the third spot on the PSL 2021 points table winning 3 out of 4 encounters.
Babar Azam has been quite unimpressive since the last few games, and the team has lost enough under his leadership. However, this is only the beginning, and experience can be gained in more matches with time.
It should not be the trial time for the PCB as the ICC T20 World Cup is just a few months ahead. May it be the players or the captains, revolving needs to be stopped as the team requires consistency.
However, Babar won the home series against South Africa. Not judging him as the best captain on behalf of the limited wins, there is a lot to evaluate from the future.
Babar playing XI vs Shadab playing XI ahead of SA, Zim tours: Which captain lost?
As the practice match happened between Babar playing XI and Shadab playing XI ahead of the South Africa and Zimbabwe tours, Shadab and the co conquered as Fakhar Zaman slammed a smashing century against Babar’s men.
Azam has captained the team in 14 matches sustaining 8 wins and losing 5. On the other hand, the vice-captain Shadab had to lead against New Zealand last year amidst Babar injury and turned out as a losing skipper in 2 games. He has one win out of three matches played as a captain. It has been analyzed that both of them are yet to fit the best as the captains.
Notably, Babar Azam has lost against the big teams such as England and needs to be attentive while leading as the World T20 commences in a few months. However, his performances are close to the team’s victory and can be judged in the upcoming tours.
Notably, as opined, it will take time for the duo to be sustainable in their positions. Hence, there should be no more revolution but seeking consistency to judge the performances.