Srinagar: Australia cricket legend Ian Chappell has termed Babar Azam very good captain and expressed his sympathy with the batter on his leavinv Pakistan captaincy.
Babar stepped down from Pakistan captaincy after team had lackluster outing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Ian Chappell while speaking on the Wide World of Sports Outside the Rope, characterized the frequent change in captains as typical of Pakistan.
“Yeah that’s a pity, I think Babar’s a very good player. He’s not leaving the Pakistan side and maybe they can find a better captain. But it’s typical of Pakistan, they change captains (frequently),” Chappell said.
Despite criticisms of Azam’s captaincy, his overall record remains impressive, having 78 wins and 44 losses in 134 games across formats.
Looking ahead to Pakistan’s upcoming tour of Australia, Chappell noted the challenge posed by Australia’s pace attack, including Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood.
“The problem with Pakistan is they don’t have a great record in Australia, even when they had good sides who could bat and bowl. They’ve got some good quickies at the moment but the bounce of Australian pitches has always troubled them,” Chappell said.
“If you look at the Australian side, they might be on the wane a bit, particularly when Warner goes but they’ve still got a very good attack and it’s a good pace attack. Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, those blokes will worry Pakistan with that extra bounce,” he concluded.