Pakistan's Babar Azam Resigns As Captain From All Formats
Babar Azam (AP Photo)
Pakistan's cricket star, Babar Azam, has announced his resignation as captain across all formats. The decision was conveyed through a statement released by Azam on Wednesday, catching fans and cricket enthusiasts off guard. While the specific reasons for his resignation remain undisclosed, the cricketing world is abuzz with speculation.
Babar Azam steps down as Pakistan captain
“Today I am stepping down as the captain of Pakistan in all three formats. It is a difficult decision, but I feel it is the right time for this call,” Azam said.
Following Pakistan's exit from the World Cup, this news doesn't come as a surprise as there were numerous discussions going on whether or not Babar Azam should continue to lead the Men In Green. He further added:
“I will continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats. I am here to support the new captain and the team with my experience and dedication.”
Reports by Cricket Pakistan suggest, Shan Masood is emerging as a strong candidate for the Test series captaincy against Australia, while Shaheen Shah Afridi is under consideration for the T20I series in New Zealand. Sarfaraz was initially in the running for the Test captaincy, but advisors close to him discouraged it due to the challenging nature of the Australia Test tour. Shaheen Shah Afridi is being discussed as a potential leader for the T20 World Cup, and Imad Wasim, currently training at the National Cricket Academy, may also be a contender. After standout performances in PSL 8 and the CPL, Imad is expected to meet with the PCB chief soon.