Babar Azam Is Back as Captain
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Babar Azam Reappointed As Pakistan ODI And T20I Captain. PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi made a significant announcement, appointing Babar Azam as the captain of Pakistan’s white-ball team for ODIs and T20Is on Sunday. This choice was made after receiving a united suggestion from the PCB’s selection committee. The PCB issued a statement confirming Babar Azam’s new role, highlighting the trust placed in him to lead the team in limited-overs cricket.

Babar Azam’s appointment as captain marks a significant change in leadership, replacing Shaheen Shah Afridi in the white-ball format. Shaheen Shah Afridi had taken over the T20 captaincy after the World Cup in India last November during Zaka Ashraf’s tenure as the PCB head. This decision reflects the PCB’s commitment to grooming new leadership talent and entrusting Babar Azam with the responsibility of leading Pakistan’s cricket team in the shorter formats of the game.

After losing the Twenty20 series 1-4 to New Zealand and finishing last in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Shaheen Shah Afridi, captain of Lahore Qalandars, faced challenges despite his appointment as captain.

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The decision to remove Babar Azam from all three formats came after Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup. Following Babar Azam’s resignation, the PCB did not officially appoint an ODI captain, but Shan Masood currently serves as the Test captain. He led the side in a three-match series in Australia, demonstrating the team’s efforts to explore new leadership options and revamp their strategy following a series of setbacks.

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Pakistan began their World Cup campaign impressively with consecutive victories. However, they faced setbacks during the league stage, losing four consecutive matches, a notable defeat being their first-ever loss to Afghanistan in the 50-overs format.