PCB reportedly reject Babar’s suggestion to pick Hafeez, Malik for Australia tour

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Pakistan’s newly appointed T20 captain Babar Azam request reportedly turned down by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

According to details, Babar Azam wanted to have veteran all-rounders Muhammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik in the squad for the Australia tour but the PCB officials shot down the suggestion.

Before the team’s departure, it has emerged that head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq had discussed the selection of players with Babar and both agreed on the selection of Hafeez and Malik.

Asked if he was consulted for team selection, Babar said, “I had given my input for selection of the squad. I felt I required some seniors but it is decision of selectors.”

Babar said that he belief in his batting. Captaincy is a new responsibility and he will try to take everyone along and form a combination.

“It is clear that If players support you the team does well. So I want everyone to perform. I will try to keep the environment of the dressing room healthy and positive. We must enjoy playing for Pakistan and not take pressure,” he added further.