PCB on confirmed Azhar Ali as Test and Babar Azam as ODI and T20I captains for the period during which Pakistan is scheduled to play nine Tests, six ODIs and 20 T20Is.
Pakistan head coach and selector Misbah-ul-Haq feels that Babar is very much close to being in the same league as Kohli or Australia star Steve Smith.
Pakistan’s batting mainstay Babar Azam knows he might be a bit rusty after the extended break from competitive cricket during the coronavirus shutdown but he is confident his strong basics will help him quickly get back up to speed.
In a bit to lessen the distance between players and fans, the Pakistan Cricket Board organised a video-conference call between champion batsman Babar Azam, who is in England with the Pakistan men's national cricket team, and his eight-year-old fan in Lahore, Samiya Afsar.
“It’s really difficult to come from red-ball to white-ball,” Babar told reporters on Thursday. “We only got one day for practice, yesterday we had a little bit with the white ball. It’s all in the mindset, we hope that we will come up with a good performance.”
Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra feels Pakistan’s white-ball skipper Babar Azam has the ability to reach the level of India captain Virat Kohli.
The team will face a two-week isolation period on arrival before continuing their preparations ahead of the first Test with two four-day warm-up matches.