Azhar Ali and Babar Azam lead Pakistan’s Test and limited over squads respectively. While Azhar has proved himself to be an exceptionally poor captain throughout his career; Babar is still new to the job. Nevertheless, even in his short career as Pakistan’s skipper Babar has not really been particularly impressive and on a number of occasions has looked completely out of sorts.
So, here is a look at 3 Pakistani cricketers who have the potential of performing better than Azhar Ali and Babar Azam while leading the national team.
The 28 year old has replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as Pakistan’s number one wicket-keeper across formats. The Peshawar born cricketer over the last few months has looked like a certain leader while providing guidance to skippers with regard to field settings etc. He has also looked like a proactive character and hence, has the ability to remain one step ahead of the opposition if Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decides to have him on board as Pakistan’s captain.
Shan Masood has shown tremendous improvement as a Test cricketer over the last one year or so. He is young, educated and well-organized. Shan is already leading Multan Sultans in PSL however, he doesn’t seem to be an ideal candidate for limited overs cricket and thus, if PCB decides to trust him with the captain’s job at any point, it has to be in Test cricket rather than in any other format.
Shadab Khan features regularly in Pakistan’s limited overs formats and following the tour to England is likely to find a permanent place in Pakistan’s Test squad. The spin bowling all-rounder is already leading Islamabad United in PSL. However, despite being more proactive than Azhar and Babar; Shadab perhaps requires another two years to develop into a true leader.