After being tipped to become the next captain of Pakistan cricket team, Babar Azam has claimed that he is more interested in becoming a consistent performer instead.
Babar Azam is one of the candidates to replace Sarfaraz Ahmed in limited-overs cricket as captain and has received positive reinforcement from likes of Abdul Qadir, Ramiz Raja and Mohammad Yousuf.
However, the top-order batsman claimed that it is up to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to make the final decision. Speaking to an interview with PakPassion, he said:
It’s up to the Pakistan Cricket Board to decide whoever captains the teams and in whichever format. The Board will decide who the captain or captains are and the players, of course, abide by their choice.
Babar further added that he has not thought too much about captaincy as Sarfaraz is doing a good job according to him.
I’ve never really thought about captaining Pakistan and have in all honesty only thought about playing for my country. I am not someone who craves being captain and am more interested in scoring runs for Pakistan. Whoever the Board chooses is the right choice and in fact I think Sarfaraz Ahmed is fine and is doing a good job at the moment.
Speaking about his future targets and milestones, Babar said:
I have not set any targets regarding number of matches or runs for my country as that just creates pressure and I want to avoid that. My only aim has ever been to score as many runs as possible for Pakistan, to win matches for them, to give 100% in every match and every day and to be someone who people remember as a cricketer who gave his all for his nation.
While most have backed Babar to lead Pakistan, Shoaib Akhtar believes that appointing him as captain will result negatively impact his performances.
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