Babar Azam steps down as Pakistan captain after World Cup debacle, Shaheen Afridi new T20 skipper
ICC World Cup 2023: In a long post on social media platform X, Babar Azam said that it is a difficult decision but he feels that this is the right time for the call
ICC World Cup 2023: After a below-average performance in the ICC World Cup, Pakistan's Babar Azam has decided to step down as the captain of the team from all formats of the game. In a long post on social media platform X, Babar Azam said that it is a difficult decision but he feels that this is the right time for the call. After Babar Azam's premature exit, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi as the new T20 skipper while Shan Masood will lead the Pakistan cricket team in the test format of the game.
“Today, I am stepping down as the captain of Pakistan in all formats. It's a difficult decision but I feel it is a right time for this cali I will continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats. I am here to support the new captain and the team with my experience and dedication. I want to express my sincere thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board for entrusting me with this significant responsibility. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD," Babar Azam added.
Shaheen Shah Afridi new T20 skipper
After Babar Azam's exit, PCB was quick to appoint pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi as the new T20 skipper of the cricket team while the Test side will be led by Shan Masood. “Presenting our captains @shani_official has been appointed Test captain while @iShaheenAfridi will lead the T20I side," Pakistan Cricket Board said in a post on X.
“Babar Azam is truly a world-class player and we want him to continue to thrive as a player. He is one of the best batters Pakistan has ever produced. He is our asset, and we will continue to support him. His batting prowess is a testament to his dedication and skill. He is a role model for the present generation," chairman of PCB Management Committee Zaka Ashraf said in a release.
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