How can Misbah-ul-Haq mentor Babar Azam when he was himself a defensive captain: Aamer Sohail
Talking about the head coach Misbah-ul-Haq mentoring Babar, Sohail expressed his concerns.
Published - Jun 28, 2020 11:45 am | Updated - Jun 28, 2020 11:45 am
Aamer Sohail has been known to be critical of the functioning of the Pakistan cricket team and he has taken another dig now. In his recent blog, the former Pakistan captain talked about Babar Azam’s appointment and how he can become a good captain. The main agenda on which Sohail focused was the decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq in multiple positions.
While addressing the captaincy of Azam, Sohail said that the young batsman should get all sorts of help from the PCB to help himself become the best captain. He said that this can be achieved by finding weaknesses in the leadership qualities and accompanied by a good mentor.
“If Babar has been identified as Pakistan’s captain in at least two formats of the game, then it’s incumbent upon the PCB to help him become the best captain he can be. This can be achieved by identifying any weaknesses in his leadership qualities and by good mentoring,” said Sohail in his blog for Pakpassion.net.
Misbah-ul-Haq needs to make sure that Babar Azam doesn’t make the mistakes which he did: Aamer Sohail
Talking about the head coach Misbah-ul-Haq mentoring Babar, Sohail expressed his concerns. According to the former opener, Misbah was criticized several times for his defensive captaincy. He said that Misbah has to make sure that his deficiencies as a captain are not projected or reflected upon Babar or any other young Pakistan player.
“But if Misbah is to be Babar’s mentor, then we have a problem because he was himself criticized for being a defensive captain. The onus is on Misbah, to be honest about his own deficiencies as a captain and to make sure that Babar does not make the same mistakes he made, especially when it comes to making sure that the younger players are given good chances to ensure a brighter future for Pakistan cricket,” he added.
Sohail also went on to point the fact the PCB felt the need to appoint a batting coach even though Misbah-ul-Haq was present. The Board had previously thought of having Misbah as the batting coach but they decided to get on with Younis Khan. Sohail also seemed optimistic about the upcoming England tour. According to him, the bowling unit is ready and might do well but batting is still a concern.
“The only issue, as always, will be with our batting but if they can put up scores of 300+ then they will give their team a very good chance of dominating the home team,” he concluded.