The injury of three players, including captain Babar Azam, during the tour of New Zealand, has left the national team in a state of crisis and the question of who will lead the national team in the T20 series has become a mystery.
Babar Azam has been ruled out of the T20 series against New Zealand due to a thumb fracture, while Imam-ul-Haq will also miss the series due to injury.
In the absence of captain Babar Azam, his deputy Shadab Khan had a rare opportunity to lead the team and showcase his leadership skills, but he too is suffering from an injury and his participation in the T20 series is uncertain.
Pakistan Cricket Board has made it clear that the medical panel is constantly reviewing Shadab’s injury and no risk will be taken in making a decision in this regard.
Today in Eden Park, New Zealand, Shadab Khan did batting and bowling practice but he did not appear in full form due to which the team management is hesitant.
According to sources in New Zealand, Shadab is not yet fully fit and the team management does not want to take any risks by including him in the T20, so his participation in the first T20 match seems difficult.
Injuries to both the captain and vice-captain have created a leadership vacuum in the national team as it is not clear who will lead the Green Shirts in the opening match of the series.
According to sources, the team management is considering temporarily handing over the post to both Emad Wasim and Mohammad Rizwan, while some constituencies are also proposing the name of the team’s most experienced member Mohammad Hafeez.
However, the strongest candidate is said to be Mohammad Rizwan, who is also the vice-captain of the Test team and has recently led the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa squad in the National T20 Cup, and the team also won the title.
Cricket fans also expressed anger over the uncertainty surrounding the team’s leadership ahead of the series, criticizing the team management and the Pakistan Cricket Board, while also presenting their proposal regarding the leadership.
It is worth mentioning here that the squad in New Zealand also includes former national team captain Sarfraz Ahmed under whose leadership the national team lost in only two T20 series and Pakistan set a world record of 11 consecutive series victories. ۔
Former cricketers also look very worried about the current situation and former national team captain and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq called Sarfraz Ahmed the best choice for leadership in the current situation in the tour of New Zealand.
Talking on his YouTube channel, Inzamam-ul-Haq said that if in the absence of Babar and Shadab in the T20 series against New Zealand, the old player has to be made the captain, then there is no better choice than Sarfraz Ahmed.