Star batsman Babar Azam has stepped down as the captain of Pakistan cricket team following his team’s disappointing performance in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023 in India.
Under Babar’s leadership, Pakistan lost five out of their nine matches and failed to qualify for the semifinals. The star batsman himself did not also have a great outing in the tournament as he could manage to score only 320 runs from nine matches.
Babar came under severe pressure from both experts and fans regarding his leadership skills and his lack of form. Currently, Shadab Khan was the vice-captain of Pakistan’s World Cup team. Speedster Shaheen Afridi is among the probable names to take over the mantle from Babar.
“I vividly remember the moment when I received the call from PCB to lead Pakistan in 2019. Over the past four years, I’ve experienced many highs and lows on and off the field, but I wholeheartedly and passionately aimed to maintain Pakistan’s pride and respect in the cricket world. Reaching the number 1 spot in the white-ball format was a result of the collective efforts of players, coaches, and management but I’d like to express my gratitude to passionate Pakistan cricket fans for their unwavering support during this journey. Today, I am stepping down as the captain of Pakistan in all formats. It’s a difficult decision but I feel it is a right time for this call,” Babar wrote on social media platform X (earlier known as Twitter).
“I will continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats. I am here to support the new captain and the team with my experience and dedication. I want to express my sincere thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board for entrusting me with this significant responsibility. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD,” he added.