Babar Azam To Lead Pakistan Again In White-Ball Cricket

Babar Azam To Lead Pakistan Again In White-Ball Cricket, Babar Azam has been re-appointed as Pakistan’s skipper in white-ball cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Sunday (March 31). As a result, Shaheen Afridi’s reign as the T20 skipper has come to an early end after he led the national side in just one series.

Babar Azam To Lead Pakistan Again In White-Ball Cricket

Babar, who was Pakistan’s all-format skipper until last year. If resigned from his role following his side’s poor campaign in the World Cup held in India. The PCB at the same time underwent multiple changes and eventually, it was decided to hand over the Test captaincy to Shan Masood.

Pakistan Lost Afridi’s First Series As Captain

While Masood led in Australia where Pakistan lost, the T20I captaincy was handed over to Afridi with Mohammad Rizwan named his deputy. Pakistan lost Afridi’s first series as captain by a 4-1 margin and under his leadership, the fast bowler’s PSL side Lahore Qalandars also endured a poor campaign where they won just a solitary game out of ten to finish bottom.

The current selection panel comprises Wahab Riaz, Asad Shafiq, and Abdul Razzaq. And Mohammad Yousuf and the PCB have stated that the decision to reappoint Babar was made following. A unanimous recommendation from the selectors. Babar will now lead the side against New Zealand. At home in a five-match T20I series before playing England away for four more T20I games. So ahead of the T20 World Cup in June.

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Azam Also Underlined The Role of Shaheen In The Leadership 

“As a captain, I have always valued his [Shaheen’s] input and I will keep consulting him for important decisions going forward,” Azam said.

“We must take advantage of his strategic understanding of the game. Our joint aim is to make this team the best in the world.” Azam’s first assignment after reappointment as captain will be the upcoming. The five-match home T20I series against New Zealand. With the T20 World Cup just two months away. Pakistan would aim to enhance its preparations for the marquee event under his leadership.

It was under his leadership that Pakistan reached the final of the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022. They would now be hoping to go one better as the tournament shifts, to the USA and West Indies. Pakistan feature in Group A of the T20 World Cup, and will meet India, Ireland, Canada, and the USA.

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