Shahid Afridi, who served as the interim chief selector for the Pakistan team put it the most straightforward fashion that Babar Azam as a captain has room for a lot improvement. Under Babar’s captaincy, Pakistan have had trouble across formats, including losing at home against the likes of Australia, England and New Zealand.
The all-rounder also added that instead of having three different captains for three formats, it would be favourable for the national team to have a captain for both ODI and Test cricket whilst having separate one for the shortest format.
"I believe that Babar Azam has a lot of room for improvement in his captaincy. I am not in favour of having three different captains for the different game formats, and instead suggest naming one captain for ODI and Test cricket and a separate captain for T20s," Afridi was quoted as saying.
Ahead of the New Zealand ODI series, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shocked everyone by naming Shan Masood as the vice-captain of the national team. Afridi was critical of the move, stating that it wasn’t something that was decided by either him or skipper Babar Azam.
"Shan Masood should not have been named as vice-captain of the ODI squad. The chairman of the PCB should have taken the captain or chief selector under confidence; he was neither under consideration by me nor by Babar Azam for the first two ODI's against New Zealand," he stated.
"Shan Masood cannot be named as captain or vice-captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team based on his performances for Derbyshire," Afridi added.