Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has come out in support of Babar Azam, saying the star batter should be officially named as Pakistan’s captain for the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup, scheduled later this year.
Left-arm pacer Amir emphasized that Pakistan had no better option than the right-hander to lead the team at the mega event.
Babar, who has been Pakistan’s regular captain in every format since 2019, is awaiting any official announcement from the Pakistan Cricket Board pertaining to his retention as the national team’s skipper for the showpiece event in India.
Amir, however, has regretted this unnecessary delay in confirming Pakistan’s captain for the World Cup since he believes that no player fits the job other than Babar at this point.
“It’s high time that the board should announce (team captain) with only three to four months left in the World Cup,” he said in an interview on his official Youtube channel.
“There is no reason to change the captain at this point. It doesn’t make any sense. So, it’s better to officially name Babar Azam (as Pakistan captain) just like PCB announced the head coach.”
“The amount of experience that he has as a captain, there is no better option than him.” he maintained.
He went on to say that the official announcement would give Babar clarity of mind after which he could sit with the management and help them with the team selection.
It must be noted that the 28-year-old has so far led Pakistan in 115 international matches across formats since 2019 when he was given the rein for the first time.
He has a formidable record as an ODI captain as he secured 17 wins out of 26 matches, maintaining a 66 per cent win ratio.