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It was early to make Babar the captain of T20Is: Mickey Arthur

Pakistani top-order batsman Babar Azam who was recently installed as the captain of the shortest format of the game did well in his first game as a skipper. The decision of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to replace Sarfaraz Ahmed with Babar Azam as the T20I skipper saw mixed reactions as one group is backing Babar to take the next gear, while others sit angry and dissatisfied.

Former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur recently became a part of the debate as he admitted that it was early to handle Babar the reins of the team. The 51-year old didn’t shy away from admitting the class of Babar, but he wanted the Lahore born to play more as a batsman before ultimately being elevated to the captaincy position.

“I believe that the PCB should have waited a bit more before making him the captain of the T20I side. There is hardly a doubt in calling Babar Azam a world class batsman, who is right up there with the likes of Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith and Joe Root. I just hope that the captaincy burden won’t affect his batting,” said by Johannesburg born while analyzing Pakistan T20I game against Australia.