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After Pakistan's narrow last-ball defeat to arch-rivals India in their T20 World Cup opener, former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik has criticised the team's skipper Babar Azam. While the Men in Green looked in control of the match for a good part of India's run chase after posting a competitive 159, an innings for the ages by Virat Kohli (82*) snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for India.

Sharing his views on the match, Malik said that Babar is making the same mistakes and if he is not able to learn from them, he should step down as the captain.

"Senior players play a big role in pressure situations like these. If the captain is getting confused, or taking the wrong decision at that time, the senior player can guide. That's why I always say that a senior player should always guide a fast bowler (especially in situations like these)," the 59-year-old told 24 News.

"Captaincy nahi aati to aapko chor deni chaiye. (If you are still not able to lead the team after so many years of cricket, you should leave the captaincy). If you making the same mistakes again and again, you should leave the captaincy. Lot of players have left captaincy)," he added.

Pakistan will play their next match against Zimbabwe on Thursday.