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'Go Back To Shaheen,' Vaughan Trolls Babar Azam For PAK's Failed T20 WC Campaign

Babar Azam replaced Shaheen Afridi as PAK captain this year (x.com)Babar Azam replaced Shaheen Afridi as PAK captain this year (x.com)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has once again trolled the Pakistan cricket team after Babar Azam and co. crashed to successive defeats against USA and India at the T20 World Cup 2024. 

Vaughan, who never shies away from making bold statements, jokingly advised the Pakistan team management to re-appoint Shaheen Afridi as limited-overs captain.

Shaheen was appointed as Pakistan T20I captain earlier this year, shortly after longtime skipper Babar Azam relinquished his all-format leadership role. 

However, the Pakistani pace maverick was once again replaced by Babar for the top post after helming the team on a single tour of New Zealand.

Since then, the Pakistan cricket team has failed to defeat New Zealand at home, lost one of the T20Is in Ireland and coped a 0-2 series defeat in England.

Vaughan trolls PAK over captaincy shuffling amidst T20 WC

While speaking on the Club Prairie Fire podcast with Adam Gilchrist, former England captain and prominent commentator Michael Vaughan poked fun at the Pakistan team management over their constant captaincy change-ups.

With Babar Azam’s team falling to successive defeats to USA and India at the T20 World Cup 2024, Vaughan said:“They need to go back to Shaheen. Clearly, they are a better team when they’re juggling captaincy around a bit.”

Watch: Michael Vaughan’s full opinion on Pakistan’s captaincy turmoil

After sustaining demoralizing defeats in the opening two games of the tournament, Pakistan bounced back with a comprehensive win over Canada on June 11 at New York’s Nassau County International Stadium. 

With a win and two points up their belt, Babar Azam and co. also need to upstage Ireland with an emphatic margin, and hope for certain exterior results to go their way.

Pakistan’s much-awaited match against Ireland will be played at Lauderhill on June 16.