Imran Khan reveals he asked PCB Chairman to appoint Babar Azam captain
Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan and a former captain of the team, is very happy with how the Men in Green played against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup.
Imran Khan said that he asked Ehsan Mani, who was Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at the time, to make him the team’s captain. In October of 2019, Babar took over as captain from Sarfaraz Ahmed.
“When I was Prime Minister, cricket was going through a rough patch,” Imran told Piers Morgan on his “TalkTV” show on Wednesday.
“I’ve only seen him play twice, but I told the head of the cricket board that he should be the captain right away because he is truly world-class. He is very good, and I’ve never seen a player with such good technique, stroke play, and personality. He could go anywhere from here on out “Added the former all-rounder.
“It makes a lot of sense for him to be the captain, since you want your captain to be world-class so that he commands respect,” he said.
Imran Khan said that he really wanted the Pakistan cricket team to win the tournament. “I like how our team looks. I think we might win the championship.”
The Black Caps gave Pakistan a target of 153 runs, which the Men in Green easily beat.
The captain, Babar Azam, and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan worked together to score 105 runs. New Zealand got rid of Babar for 53 in the 12th over, which ended the partnership. Pakistan needed 47 runs in 43 balls at that point.
But by that time, the Men in Green had made a lot of progress. Rizwan and Mohammad Haris kept adding points to the scoreboard until the wicketkeeper was run out at 57.
On the last ball of the 19th over, Haris was caught at short fine leg. Pakistan won the game by seven wickets in the next over.
The Men in Green will now play either England or India. Tomorrow, England and India will play each other.
Earlier, when New Zealand captain Kane Williamson chose to bat first, Daryl Mitchell’s 50 helped set a target of 153 runs.