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Captain Babar Azam dismissed Malik’s claims, confirms authority to select playing XI

Harare: Pakistan Cricket Team all format captain Babar Azam on Wednesday dismissed Shoaib Malik’s claims of team skipper not having the authority to selet and decide the playing eleven for international matches, The News reported today.

Babar tweeted “That is not right,” the 26-year-old said. “Enough is enough as such things should come to a dead stop now. I am the captain and I have all the powers to decide on the formation of the team.

“Even I have all the authority to select the final XI. I do consult with team management wherever I feel it is necessary but the final decision always rests with me.”

Earlier Shoaib Malik  had put the onus on the team management for calling the shots  on the popular social media site Twitter.

However, Babar said that he knew about his role very well. “I am the captain and know what is my authority. I don’t need any directions from outside.”

Regarding new white-ball coach for the team, Babar said that he was happy with the team management.

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