Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has been dissuaded from putting in his papers by his national team-mates, though he has been out of business with the Pakistan Cricket Board headed by Zaka Ashraf to take a call on his future. Pakistan finished fifth in the 10-team table and missed out on semi-final qualification, leading to a lot of criticism from former players who have sought a change of leadership.
“Babar has already spoken to his teammates and the majority of them advised him not to step down himself. He will come out with a clear line of action when he returns home with the team after failing to make the semi-finals of the World Cup in India . But he will not resign himself,” a PCB source told PTI.
In fact, last year when talk of removing Babar from the Test captaincy gained traction on social media, some of the players took to social media to show their solidarity with a hashtag “Sochna Bhi Mana Hai” (Not even close such thoughts).
With Pakistan facing two challenging tours – to Australia and New Zealand – shortly after the World Cup, Babar wants to continue as the national skipper across formats.
“He will most likely leave the decision on whether to remain captain or not to the Pakistan Cricket Board headed by Zaka Ashraf,” said a well-informed source close to the skipper.
Babar was first named the white-ball captain of the ‘Green Shirts’ in late 2019 after the World Cup in England (where they failed to reach the semi-finals), replacing Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Furthermore, he was also appointed Test captain in 2021 and took over the reins Azhar Ali.
But while Babar has been successful in T20 Internationals, leading his team to the finals of the Asia Cup T20 and T20 World Cup last year, his record in Tests and ODIs has been far from impressive.
Also following Pakistan’s 2016 T20 World Cup campaign in India (failing to make it beyond the Super 10 stage), captain Shahid Afridi and head coach Waqar Younis was shown the door of the circuit board.
PCB chief Zaka has insisted that he will take decisions on captaincy and team management only after consulting some of the former players, notably Misbah ul Haq (who was appointed head coach and chief selector when Babar was given the managerial duties), Muhammad Hafeez and some others.
Zaka has already met with some of the former players like Mohammad Yousuf and Aaqib Javed and sought their advice on future decisions regarding the team.
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