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Michael Vaughan: Shadab Khan could be Pakistan’s next captain

Michael Vaughan: Shadab Khan Could Be Pakistan's Next Captain
by Wisden Staff 2-minute read

Michael Vaughan has questioned Fawad Alam‘s technique while criticising the decision to include the 34-year-old in the XI to face England in the second Test, saying Shadab Khan, who replaced, could be “potentially be the next captain of Pakistan”.

Fawad made his first Test appearance in 10 years and 259 days in the second Test at the Ageas Bowl but was dismissed for nought. Vaughan, speaking on Cricbuzz after the end of first day’s play, picked holes in the middle-order batsman’s technique, saying he is “basically facing the wrong way when the ball is being delivered”.

Shadab, on the contrary, was praised by Vaughan, who even said that the 21-year-old has the potential to be the next Pakistan captain.

“I don’t understand why they have made that decision to bring in a guy who has not played for 11 years and is 34 years of age,” he said. “It’s very typical of what Pakistan do. With that technique, he [Fawad] is basically facing the wrong way when the ball is being delivered. If the ball is moving an inch, he is going to get out. I don’t think this was the time to play Fawad Alam.

“For me Shadab Khan is a wonderful cricketer. I think Shadab Khan can potentially be the next captain of Pakistan. When you have got a batsman like Shadab Khan, who has actually scored decent runs in England, he can bowl leg-spinners, he is a brilliant fielder, great in the team bubble and a cricket thinker.

“With Shadab Khan, I can pretty much guarantee that he will potentially get more runs than Fawad, bowl leg-spin, take a catch or two, create a run-out and be a great team player. I’m a bit confused by that selection.”

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