Babar Azam, Pakistan’s top batsman, dismissed claims that he was a powerless captain who took orders from head coach Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday.
Former skipper Shoaib Malik recently implied that Babar was not making independent decisions in tweets, accusing the top ODI batsman of being a captain without authority.
Babar has also been recommended by other former captains and players to be more authoritative as captain.
In a virtual press conference, Babar said that the argument about whether or not he was a captain with authority should now be over.
“I don’t understand why it is often mentioned in press conferences and in the media that I lack authority and don’t make my own decisions,” Babar said.
“I want to be clear that I have complete power and say over team selection and other matters once and for all.
I’m in charge of everything on the field, and I choose the starting eleven with management’s input. “As captain, I am aware of my responsibilities,” he said.
Babar also said that he had no beef with the head coach and that the decision on whether Pakistan wanted a white ball coach was up to PCB.
“I am happy because the team management completely supports every player,” he said.