Babar Azam’s years-long reign as captain will come to an end as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to remove him from the captaincy in all formats, sources told News Channel on Tuesday night.
Disappointment From Leadership of Babar Azam
The development follows Pakistan under his leadership failing to advance to the ICC World Cup 2023 semifinals in India.
According to the sources, Babar’s resignation will be accepted by the board; if not, PCB will remove him from his position.
They said that Shaheen Shah Afridi for the Twenty20 International series in New Zealand and Shan Masood for the forthcoming Test series against Australia are both excellent contenders for the captain’s position.
According to the sources, Shaheen may captain the Green Shirts in the T20 World Cup the following year.
Although Babar was named Test and white-ball captain in 2020 and 2019, the Green Shirts have not won an Asia Cup or an ICC championship while he has been in charge.
Pakistan’s Poor Performance In ICC Men’s World Cup 2023
Despite entering the World Cup as the top team, Pakistan was unable to demonstrate their abilities and was eliminated from the competition during the group stage.
Following the World Cup disappointment for the Green Shirts, team director Mickey Arthur declared that it is not a “crime to make mistakes” and threw his support behind “depressed” Babar.
Later today, the skipper is expected to meet with Zaka Ashraf, the chairman of the PCB Management Committee, and it is anticipated that an announcement regarding his captaincy will follow.
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