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Babar Azam Appointed Back as White Ball Captain

Babar Azam captain who has been performing brilliantly for Pakistan across formats since the start of his professional career in 2016 was awarded captaincy in 2020 after a poor display by Sarfraz Ahmad. He captained Pakistan in the 2021, and 2022 T20 World Cup, and the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.

After his consistent failure in winning any of his 9 captained tournaments including Asia Cups, and PSL 8,9 he has never won any of the trophies, and neither was Peshawar Zalmi able to make it into the PSL final in 2024. But as star batter and consistent performer as captain and batter he has been appointed back as white-ball captain ahead of T20 World Cup 2024, and Champions Trophy 2025 in Pakistan. 

Removal of Captaincy

After his removal from captaincy in November 2023 from Zaka Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi was named captain only for the T20 Format with the ODI format yet to be announced, but his captaincy abilities in the tour to New Zealand were exposed badly and Pakistan lost badly with 4-1. Also, he was exposed as poor in fitness level as well as performance with bowling was not up to the mark. Even in the PSL 9 Lahore Qalandars only managed to win 1 match out of 9. It means his stint as captain of Pakistan in the future has been terminated.

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Appointment as Captain

On Sunday 31st Match Babar Azam captain was appointed back as white-ball for Pakistan, right after 6 months 180 days after his resignation as captain across formats. Despite not winning trophies Pakistan was able to reach in Semi Finals or Final in ICC trophies which shows the commitment of Babar Azam in taking Pakistan deep into tournaments. Pakistan has grown significantly in his captaincy, as Pakistan can win a series against Australia after 15 years, able to beat South Africa in South Africa as well as able to win a Tri-Series against New Zealand in New Zealand.

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PCB Belief on Babar Azam Captain

Babar Azam is a star batter, no doubt but he also improves with his approach and batting skills along with captaincy. This is why he is back as captain of Pakistan National Side. On Sunday PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi after careful consideration from the Selection Committee Appointed Babar Azam captain as white ball Captain(T20 & One Day International).  

For Babar Azam captain, this is an achievement the way he was ousted from Zaka Ashraf former PCB Chairman who was involved in taking him down as captain, also involved in leaking his private chat as well as a poor Media campaign against him focusing that he is playing with his friends only but not with merit. After one series vs New Zealand, he has been appointed back as Captain. After all this PCB itself turned back to Babar Azam showing the value of Babar in Team Pakistan.

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Babar’s Concerns on Selection Committee

In front of the selection committee, he made some important points regarding his future as captain he wanted a guarantee that he would not removed as captain after this T20 World Cup 2024, also he wanted to continue as captain in Test Format. Also, he wants full control in selecting the squad of his choice for both of the formats. 

The PCB’s commitment to Shaheen Shah Afridi was written on the wall as Chairman PCB Mohsin Naqvi refused to support Afridi in Press Conferences, and made excuses that the final decision would be made after training in Pakistan Military Academy Kakul. Although Shaheen Afridi is only 23 at the moment, his future as following fast bowler is still very bright. 

First Assignment

Babar Azam returned as Captain and his assignment is a series against New Zealand at Home 5 matches will be played in Pakistan mostly in Rawalpindi and Lahore. Following the series against Ireland in Dublin. Wishing Babar Azam captain and team Pakistan the Best of Luck for the Future and in the T20 World Cup. 

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Training in PMA Kakul

Pakistan cricket team is currently at PMA Kakul for a home series against New Zealand and they’re preparing it to their level best ahead of the 5-match series at home. For the past few months Babar and Shaheen were not on the one page so keeping this fact PCB thinks intelligently and removed him from captaincy without taking him into confidence. 

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Return of Imad and Amir

Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir who performed efficiently in HBL PSL 9 and took back their retirements, are also in the pipeline for the consideration against the T20 series at Home. but it cannot make Babar Azam happy as both of them are involved in taking down his respect and personal criticism over the different TV shows.

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