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PCB reveals reasons behind Shaheen Afridi’s removal as T20I captain


Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi in ache throughout the T20 World Cup ultimate towards England, on November 13, 2022, on the Melbourne Cricket Floor. — AFP

Because the change of Twenty20 Worldwide’s skipper is nicely in debate, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has revealed causes behind the removing of Shaheen Shah Afridi from the captaincy of T20I.

In a press release on Sunday, the nation’s high cricket authority introduced Babar Azam as the brand new white-ball captain of the Pakistan Males’s nationwide cricket staff.

Babar has already led Pakistan in 43 ODIs and 71 T20Is between 2019 and 2023.

The cricket governing board it overhauled the white-ball management “in a strategic transfer geared toward guaranteeing participant well-being and peak efficiency”.

Babar, famend for his good batting document in worldwide cricket will take over the captaincy from Afridi.

Whereas Shaheen Afridi has undeniably confirmed himself as a star quick bowler, the PCB mentioned main Pakistan’s tempo assault over time, the board recognises the significance of rotation and relaxation to keep up his peak efficiency.

“This resolution aligns with board’s dedication to safeguarding the longevity of the gamers, particularly quick bowlers given their damage timelines previously two years,” it added.

Conserving in thoughts workload administration, the PCB mentioned this resolution has been taken to make sure Pakistan essential bowlers stay on the high of their sport.

The board doesn’t need the nationwide males’s staff to run into damage disaster in regards to the bowling assets as seen earlier than the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, the place Shaheen needed to be intently taken care of and ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023, the place the staff didn’t have the providers of Naseem Shah, it added.

Reacting to the PCB’s resolution Afridi mentioned: “It was an absolute honour to captain the Pakistan Nationwide Cricket Crew. I’ll at all times cherish the recollections and the chance. As a staff participant, it’s my obligation to again our captain, Babar Azam.

“I’ve performed beneath his captaincy and don’t have anything however respect for him. I’ll attempt to assist him on and off the sector. We’re all one. Our intention is similar, to assist Pakistan develop into the perfect staff on this planet.”

The cricket board mentioned Babar Azam, along with his confirmed management expertise and memorable consistency, is well-equipped to steer the staff.

His previous captaincy document speaks for itself. Beneath his management, Pakistan beat India for the primary time in a World Cup encounter again within the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Within the 2022 T20 World Cup, he led the staff to the ultimate. This was Pakistan’s first ultimate in a World Cup since 2009. His appointment as captain displays PCB’s confidence in his potential to encourage and unite the staff in direction of success.

On his reappointment as white ball captain, Babar mentioned: “It was a pleasure to play beneath Shaheen’s management within the current T20I collection. He’s nonetheless younger and is enhancing as a participant and as a frontrunner on daily basis.

“As a captain, I’ve at all times valued his enter and I’ll preserve consulting him for vital choices going ahead. We should benefit from his strategic understanding of the sport. Our joint intention is to make this staff the perfect on this planet.”

The PCB additionally expressed gratitude to Shaheen Afridi for his contributions as captain and “appears to be like ahead to his success on the sector”.

He can be a part of Pakistan’s core management group.

“We give our unequivocal help to each Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi as they embark on their respective roles, aiming to make Pakistan a high staff on this planet of cricket,” the PCB mentioned.

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