Shaheen Shah Afridi has revealed Mohammad Rizwan would be a better captain than Babar Azam – the current Pakistani captain.
However, he said that Azam was one of his favourite batters.
“The Pakistani side is thriving under Babar’s captaincy,” said Afridi.
“I started playing domestic cricket with Rizwan from KP’s side. I would rate him as the best captain. Since Azam has done a fantastic job with the Pakistani squad, I will rank him second.”
Afridi was addressing a press conference after being named the captain for Lahore Qalandars (LQ) for the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
It merits mentioning that Babar Azam has risen to the top spot in T20I rankings following an impressive performance in recent engagements.
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Meanwhile, Marnus Labuschagne has secured the No. 1 spot in the Test batters’ rankings.
For Labuschagne, it’s the first time he is at the top spot, while for Azam, it’s a return to the position from which he had slipped down from last week.
Labuschagne has had a great run in Test cricket since coming on as a substitute for Steven Smith in the Ashes Test in 2019. He currently averages 62.14 from 20 Tests.
Labuschagne had started the event at No. 4 on the batting rankings, but those runs have given him career-high 912 rating points. He has gone past England’s Joe Root, who has dropped to the second spot despite decent form. Smith, Williamson and India’s Rohit Sharma complete the top five.
Azam finished off his incredible 2021 journey with a number 1 T20I batter for his stellar performance against the West Indians.
Azam’s 79 from 53 balls against the West Indian squad in Karachi moved him back to the top spot.