As Pakistan grapples with a series of losses in the ongoing ODI World Cup, former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has entered the captaincy debate, voicing his preference for Netherlands’ skipper Scott Edwards over Pakistan’s Babar Azam.
Pakistan’s cricket team, led by Babar Azam, has faced challenges in the tournament, suffering consecutive defeats. Despite a strong start with wins against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, Pakistan’s winning streak was halted by Rohit Sharma’s Team India. Subsequent losses to Australia and Afghanistan have put additional pressure on the team.
With a crucial match against South Africa scheduled at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 27, the stakes couldn’t be higher. A loss in this match could severely diminish Pakistan’s chances of reaching the semifinals.
During a recent session with ESPNcricinfo, Shane Bond took part in a ‘You can only pick one’ scenario, where he made a bold choice by favoring Scott Edwards over Babar Azam as the ideal captain for the ODI World Cup.
While Scott Edwards leads the Netherlands with conviction and confidence, the debate over Pakistan’s captaincy remains a hot topic, especially as the team strives to regain its momentum and secure a spot in the World Cup semifinals. Shane Bond’s opinion is certain to add fuel to the ongoing discussion, with fans and experts closely watching how Babar Azam and the Pakistan team respond to the challenge in the upcoming match against South Africa.