While the ex-cricketers of Pakistan are busy in dishing out the old nemesis and blame each other to make the cricketing environment chaotic, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided not to dirty their hands in the mud, but take a bold step. The Pakistan hierarchy has named a new captain for the 50-over formats.
Appointing Babar Azam as the captain of ODI is a bold decision. Big challenge ahead for him to maintain the balance between batting & captaincy. Many talents failed to handle the pressure of captaincy whereas men like Graeme Smith flourished. Babar needs to flourish and inspire. pic.twitter.com/91rdkPTLyt
— Faisal Caesar (@faisalyorker1) May 14, 2020
Babar Azam would lead Pakistan in the 50-over formats from now on and which is nothing surprising. Over the years Babar Azam has been one of the most consistent performers for Pakistan with the bat. His elegance and the hunger for runs have made him a treat for the eyes. Again, he is very popular among his teammates and fans around the globe. It is also evident that Babar can flourish under pressure and is able to marshall an innings with responsibility.
Babar Azam after 74 ODIs:
|Runs: 3359 Ave: 54.18|
Fab 4 after 74 ODIs:
• Virat Kohli:
|Runs: 2860 Ave: 46.89|
• Joe Root
|Runs: 2804 Ave: 45.23|
• Kane Williamson
|Runs: 2686 Ave: 44.77|
• Steve Smith
|Runs: 2096 Ave: 38.81|
Has Babar turned the Fab 4 into the Fab 5? pic.twitter.com/zakogQfWJd
— Down The Ground (@downthegroundtw) May 9, 2020
But the path would not be easier for Babar.
The history suggests, captaining a critical team like Pakistan has never been easy. Other than the legendary Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Imran Khan, and Misbah-ul-Haq none of the previous captains experienced a rosy period. Either they were paralyzed by the petty politics or peppered by the pressure of captaincy which led to their poor performance. Ultimately, their downfall was a tragic one.
Who would have thought this boy will lead Pak in ODIs and T20Is one day
Ladies and Gentlemen Presenting you ODI captain of Pakistan Babar Azam as Sarfaraz Ahmed has been removed from captaincy Babar will lead Pak in ODIs and T20Is While Azhar Ali to lead in Tests #BabarAzam pic.twitter.com/Z8WPMn5LPw
— Hamza Kaleem Butt (@hamzabutt61) May 13, 2020
The challenge for Babar would be to balance between his own performance and captaincy. Most importantly, he should always be aware of the petty politics of Pakistan cricket. Even if the going gets tough, his bat needs to shine and display the never-say-die attitude on the field. He watched the downfall of Sarfraz Ahmed in his own eyes and that should be a lesson for him.
Appointing Babar as the captain of 50-over format is a bold decision and if Pakistan think-tank is thinking of a long-term plan then they need to continue with Babar even during the stormy days. The culture of chopping-and-changing has not given Pakistan anything good so far and thus, a positive mindset would be the key.