Babar Azam Set to Reclaim Pakistan’s White-Ball Captaincy

Babar Azam will participate in the Kakul training camp as captain of Pakistan.

Lahore: In a strategic move by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Babar Azam is set to reclaim the helm of Pakistan’s white-ball cricket team, replacing Shaheen Shah Afridi as captain. 

Following the recommendations of the newly-formed selection committee, Babar Azam will resume his captaincy duties during the upcoming five-match T20 series against New Zealand. 

The decision comes after Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the ICC World Cup 2023, prompting the need for a change in leadership.

Under the previous management led by Zaka Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi was appointed as the white-ball captain. 

However, the selection committee has proposed Babar Azam’s return to the captaincy role, citing his experience and leadership qualities.

Babar Azam, who had relinquished the captaincy of the national side across all formats in November last year, is set to lead the team once again. 

Despite facing criticism for Pakistan’s lackluster performances in recent tournaments, Azam’s track record as a leader remains significant.

Meanwhile, sources close to Shaheen Afridi have indicated that the fast bowler is contemplating stepping down from the captaincy role, although advice against this decision has been given to him.

In addition to the leadership change, the PCB is also making adjustments in the coaching staff. 

South African coach Gary Kirsten is expected to take charge of white-ball cricket, while Australian coach Jason Gillespie is likely to lead the red-ball team. Talks are underway with both coaches regarding their appointments and other related matters.