Former Pakistan opener Salman Butt has asked Pakistani players and cricket experts not to discuss leadership in the midst of the team’s tour. He said it was a risk that would create a rift between Pakistan captain Babar Azam and Test captain Rizwan Khan. Pakistani wicketkeeper batsman Rizwan has been thrown into the captaincy after performing spectacularly in all three forms of cricket. The Multan Sultans won the PSL title under Rizwan.
Salman Butt posted on his YouTube channel, ‘It’s good that your captain and deputy are doing well. When it comes to leadership, one has little edge over the other. His body language is like that of a captain, but I won’t take his name now. But, Butt said this is not correct from Pakistan’s perspective because it would undermine team coordination if both Rizwan and Babar think of leadership. “It’s not okay to talk about leadership again and again when your team is on tour,” he said. If the outcome of the match is not in your favor, some players or experts will start talking about leadership, which is not right for the team.
Butt said the T20 World Cup is coming. They are certain to play because they are the most important players in Pakistan. These two players should not feel that I want to be a leader because it disrupts team coordination. So I urge all experts to keep this in mind. Speaking to the media via Virtual Conference, Rizwan said he is not thinking about leadership right now. He is now focused on being a player. He said I was never desperate for leadership. I am a deputy and I am happy to do so whenever a hero needs my help.
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