Former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram, who is now a Cricket Analyst, has revealed that skipper Babar Azam is not ready to leave the opening slot.
His revelation came amidst all the debate going on regarding how Mohammad Rizwan's opening approach is affecting Azam's performances. According to the stats, the captain's batting average is 52 while opening the innings with Fakhar Zaman, whereas there is a gap of 25 runs, as he averages 32 while batting with Rizwan.
The major gap can cause Pakistan at times, and it really has since the lookouts witnessed close defeats versus India and Zimbabwe, respectively. Babar-Rizwan failure at the top was the major reason why the men in green had to face humiliation.
Since everyone demands to see Fakhar opening with Babar so both can be comfortable with the aggressive approach, Wasim Akram has revealed this is the only option since Babar won't bat one down. It means we will not see Zaman opening with Rizwan during Azam's leadership tenure.
Akram, who is the coach of Karachi Kings, narrated,
"I had asked Babar Azam once during PSL for Karachi Kings to leave the opening position and bat at number three, but Babar Azam categorically said I will not leave opening slot."
Wasim Akram - "I had asked Babar Azam once during PSL for Karachi Kings to leave opening position and bat at number three but Babar Azam categorically said I will not leave opening slot." #T20WorldCup— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) October 28, 2022