LAHORE       -         Pakistan batting legend Javed Miandad has said that it is too soon to drop veteran batsmen Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq after their horrible recent form in Test cricket. The former Pakistan said: “Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have received criticism for their recent performances, but it’s too soon to drop them. The Pakistan coaching staff needs to earn their salaries and work on restoring confidence of Azhar and Asad and I’m sure better results will follow for both players.” “Azhar Ali has been given the captaincy due to a lack of other candidates which isn’t the right way to go about this,” said Miandad and added that Pakistan didn’t groom its leaders while relying on personal choices to fill the role. “The problem is that in Pakistan, captaincy seems to be given to individuals based upon whim and leaders are never groomed as they are in England. “The result is that a Pakistan captain learns on the job instead of using his knowledge and experience, which is totally incorrect and people who have poor leadership skills are elevated into this role. Our domestic system used to produce good captains but the way the new changes are going, this will become much more difficult to achieve,” he added. Miandad believes that Pakistan have the ability to bounce back in the series if they learn from past mistakes. “Pakistan must not feel that they are out of this series. They must learn from their mistakes and put up fighting totals while Pakistan bowling attack has the edge over England’s batsmen, so don’t be surprised if this series finishes 1-1.”