However, Akib sees the need to leave Babar’s opening position for the sake of the team. The 1992 World Cup winning pacer said on Sunday that Babar should bat with the middle order batsmen to give them confidence.
“A captain who has performed like Babar Azam should be batting at the place where Pakistan is currently floundering. And that is the middle order. Babar’s performance in the middle order will give confidence to others who will bat with him.”
In the last match against New Zealand, Pakistan brought Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz to number four and five in the batting order. Nawaz could not shine like that, but Shadab played a cameo innings of 34 runs. Which plays a big role in winning the match.
Pakistan’s former all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez tweeted after the match that this success was temporary. Akib agreed with him.
“Sending up Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz is not a permanent solution to Pakistan’s middle order problems.”