Babar needs to be his own man as Pakistan skipper says coach

Babar Azam Pakistan Afghanistan World Cup warm-up PA

Pakistan batting coach Younis Khan says that Babar Azam needs to stamp his authority on the white-ball teams.

Khan says that the young captain needs to block out the noise of those around him and determine his own path as the leader of Pakistan.

The former Pakistan stalwart says that while those trying to help mean well, the constant stream of advice and recommendations can be overwhelming.

“It can get difficult for a captain when he is receiving so much advice and also suggestions on the field as well. Whether the suggestions are coming from off the field or from inside the field, it’s meant for the betterment of the team,” said Khan in a press conference at Old Trafford.

“My advice to Babar is that as a leader is to try and take your own decisions; He should not be afraid of taking his decisions even if they are incorrect because you can always learn from those mistakes,” he added.

Khan eager to continue as coach

Khan was part of the Pakistan team not too long ago and says that he has enjoyed his first tour as an assistant coach under Misbah Ul Haq.

“If given the opportunity, I would like to continue as the batting coach of the team,” Khan said.

Khan joked that he had helped Mohammad Hafeez with his golf swing and Yasir Shah with his hairstyle in a tour packed with coaching milestones.

“I’ve been working with all the boys on this tour in any way I can. I’ve even helped Mohammad Hafeez on his golf swing and Yasir Shah on his hairstyle. This way I can get close to the players and work on their weaknesses,” he said.

Rizwan earns high praise

Khan was also full of praise for wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan who has emerged as the find of a difficult tour for Pakistan.

“Watching Rizwan was the happiest moment on tour because after long time, we saw a wicketkeeper performing in England,” he said.

Pakistan will end their tour of England with the third T20I on Tuesday 1 September.