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Babar Azam To Be Removed As Pakistan Captain? PCB Chief Has His Verdict!

Babar Azam's captaincy under review [X.com]Babar Azam's captaincy under review [X.com]

PCB chief Mohsin Naqvi recently convened a high-level meeting with former Pakistan cricket legends in Lahore to discuss improving Pakistan cricket and addressing leadership concerns.  

The scrutiny of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, following the T20 World Cup debacle where Pakistan was knocked out in the Super 8, was a hot topic. Critics targeted both his captaincy and individual performance.

According to reports from Cricket Pakistan, Naqvi gathered 15 former Test and international cricketers to strategize for the next T20 World Cup. 

The attendees included Salman Butt, Ijaz Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Basit Ali, Intikhab Alam, Asim Kamal, Mohammad Sami, Shafiq Papa, Yasir Hameed, Saleem Altaf, Haroon Rasheed, Yasir Shah, Sikandar Bakht, Wajahatullah Wasti, and Azhar Khan. 

The key issue raised during the meeting was the composition and selection strategy of the team. Concerns were voiced about an overabundance of openers and a shortage of reliable middle-order batters. 

Some former cricketers argued that the current selection committee's strategy is flawed, negatively affecting the national team's performance. The frequent changes in captaincy were also criticized for contributing to the team's lack of stability.

Naqvi, after the meeting, revealed that discussions covered various aspects of domestic cricket, with all participants providing excellent advice, emphasizing structural improvements and strategic planning for the future. 

When asked by a journalist about Babar Azam's future as captain, Naqvi clarified, “There has been no discussion on this yet.” He stressed that the meeting focused on structural improvements and strategic insights, indicating that Babar Azam's white-ball captaincy remains secure for now.

On the cricketing front, Babar Azam scored 122 runs in 4 innings at a strike rate of 101.67 in the T20 World Cup 2024, which made him the hot topic after Pakistan's early exit from the tournament.