Babar Azam Steps Down as Pakistan Captain After World Cup Disappointment
In the aftermath of Pakistan’s underwhelming performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup, Babar Azam has decided to resign from his captaincy role in all formats.
The team faced a setback, failing to qualify for the semi-finals with just four wins in nine matches during the tournament.
Reflecting on his captaincy journey, Babar expressed gratitude for the support from fans and acknowledged the collective efforts that led to Pakistan’s No. 1 spot in white-ball cricket.
Despite stepping down as captain, he affirmed his commitment to continue representing Pakistan as a player across all three formats, offering his experience and dedication to support the team’s new leadership.
While no official statement has been released regarding a successor, Shan Masood emerges as the frontrunner for the Test captaincy. Babar’s resignation follows extensive deliberations at the PCB headquarters, where uncertainties surrounding the authority to make significant changes were discussed.
Team director Mickey Arthur and head coach Grant Bradburn are expected to retain their positions, albeit with reduced roles. Their exclusion from the upcoming tour to Australia suggests a shift in the coaching setup, with speculations surrounding Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, and Younis taking on managerial roles.
As Pakistan prepares for the upcoming tour, commencing on November 30, the dynamics of the coaching staff remain uncertain. With a warm-up game against the Prime Minister’s XI and a Test series in Australia on the horizon, the cricketing fraternity awaits further developments in the team’s leadership and coaching structure.
The departure for Australia marks a new chapter for Pakistan cricket, with challenges and opportunities lying ahead on the international stage.Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe us on Telegram and never miss a update!
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