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Is Babar Azam returning as Pakistan captain?


Babar Azam celebrates in the course of the fourth ODI in opposition to New Zealand on the Nationwide Financial institution Cricket Enviornment in Karachi, on Could 5, 2023. — PCB
  • Babar to “take up” a number of points if supplied captaincy, declare sources.
  • “Babar hasn’t but made up his thoughts on accepting key function.” 
  • Star batter “seemingly” to fulfill PCB officers earlier than leaving for Kakul camp.

LAHORE: Star batter and former captain Babar Azam is reportedly being thought-about for the management function as soon as once more, sources confided to Prime Time News24.

In line with them, Babar, who returned to the nation after performing Umrah, would possibly meet Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officers earlier than leaving for Abbottabad coaching camp in Kakul.

Confirming the reviews, sources near the star batter say that the previous skipper hasn’t but made up his thoughts to simply accept the prospecttive captaincy supply, including that the 29-year-old would “take up” a number of points if he’s supplied the important thing submit.

The rumours come after PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi’s feedback throughout final week’s press convention whereby he mentioned that the seven-member choice committee would resolve on the crew’s captaincy.

“Shaheen Shah Afridi will stay the captain or there can be a brand new skipper, this resolution might be taken after deliberations,” the PCB chief mentioned.

The event comes because the nationwide aspect underwent a serious shake-up following the crew’s beneath par efficiency within the 2023 Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup which in the end resulted in Babar’s resignation because the crew’s captain in all three codecs.

“At this time, I’m stepping down because the captain of Pakistan in all codecs. It is a tough resolution however I really feel it’s [the] proper time for this name,” Babar mentioned in an announcement on X, previously Twitter.

Following his resignation, the board appointed Shan Masood as Check captain, whereas Shaheen was tasked with main the T20 format of the nationwide crew — the submit of the ODI skipper was left vacant and the state of affairs stays the identical until date.

Earlier this month, Prime Time News24, citing a neighborhood publication, reported that owing to his unimpressive efficiency within the Pakistan Tremendous League season 9 (PSL 9), the left-arm pacer, Shaheen, was liable to dropping his captaincy forward of the T20 World Cup slated for June later this yr.

The rumoured change within the Inexperienced Shirt’s management comes because the nationwide aspect can also be in quest of a head coach after Grant Bradburn stepped down from the mentioned submit after board had transferred his duties on the Nationwide Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore following a change within the portfolios of a number of senior officers.

A day earlier, sources advised Prime Time News24 that the PCB approached former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi to educate the nationwide aspect’s head coach.

The anomaly surrounding the way forward for the nationwide aspect’s captaincy comes because the crew is about to go up in opposition to New Zealand in a house T20I sequence, away T20I sequence in opposition to Eire and England and above all of the upcoming T20I World Cup.

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