Babar Azam resigns as Pakistan cricket captain in all formats.
Resignation follows disappointing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Shan Masood and Shaheen Shah Afridi eyed as potential replacements.
Babar Azam has stepped down as the captain of the Pakistan cricket team in all formats. He made the announcement on social media on Wednesday, following a meeting with the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee, Zaka Ashraf.
Babar said that he had taken the decision after “careful consideration” and that it was the “right time” for him to step down. He added that he would continue to play for Pakistan in all formats and would offer his support to whoever succeeds him as captain.
Babar’s resignation comes after Pakistan had a disappointing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, losing five of their nine matches and failing to qualify for the semi-finals. The team’s performance was heavily criticized, and Babar himself came under fire for his own form with the bat.
Shan Masood and Shaheen Shah Afridi Are Being Considered As Potential Replacements For Babar
Shan Masood and Shaheen Shah Afridi are being considered as potential replacements for Babar. Masood has been in excellent form with the bat in recent months, while Afridi is one of the most feared bowlers in the world.
The PCB is expected to make an announcement on the new captaincy in the coming days.
Babar’s Resignation Is A Major Blow To Pakistan Cricket
Babar’s resignation is a major blow to Pakistan cricket. He is a world-class batsman and a natural leader, and he will be sorely missed. However, it is also an opportunity for Pakistan to blood some new talent and build for the future.
It Will Be Interesting To See Who Replaces Babar As Pakistan Captain
It will be interesting to see who replaces Babar as Pakistan captain. Masood and Afridi are both talented players, but they also have their own weaknesses. The PCB will need to carefully consider all of their options before making a decision.
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