Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to remove Babar Azam as the captain of the national team across all formats. Following Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. However, the PCB is also open to exploring younger options that can provide a fresh perspective and inject new energy into the team.
In the aftermath of Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to replace Babar Azam as the captain for all formats, according to sources. The decision, prompted by the team’s below-par showing in batting, bowling, and fielding, marks the end of Babar’s captaincy era. However, the PCB is also open to exploring younger options that can provide a fresh perspective and inject new energy into the team.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning a leadership change after the team’s disappointing performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-finals, finishing fifth in the standings.
New Captaincy…..Saviour Of Team?
If Babar chooses not to resign voluntarily, the PCB is expected to remove him from the captain’s role. Sources suggest that Shan Masood is a strong contender to lead the team in the upcoming Test series against Australia. While Shaheen Shah Afridi is likely to captain in the T20I series against New Zealand. There’s also speculation that Shaheen could lead the team in the next year’s T20 World Cup.
Despite being appointed as the white-ball captain in 2019 and Test skipper in 2021. Pakistan has not secured any ICC or Asia Cup titles under Babar’s leadership. The team initially ranked as the top side entering the World Cup. It faced an early exit from the tournament at the group stage.
In the wake of the World Cup disappointment, Mickey Arthur, the team’s director, expressed support for the “depressed” Babar. He stated that making mistakes is not a “crime“. Babar is scheduled to meet with PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf, with an announcement regarding his captaincy expected thereafter.