- Pakistani media suggests Babar Azam will be reinstated as captain
- Azam stepped down after disappointing performances in Asia Cup and ODI World Cup
- Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi as captains
- Pakistan suffered heavy defeats in Australia and New Zealand under new leadership
- Mohsin Naqvi elected as new Chairman of PCB, reportedly keen on Azam’s return
After a series of disappointing performances and leadership changes, Babar Azam is set to be reinstated as the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, according to reports in Pakistani media. Azam had stepped down from captaincy duties across all formats following Pakistan’s underwhelming campaigns in the Asia Cup and ODI World Cup last year.
Failure in Major Tournaments
Pakistan, considered strong contenders in both the Asia Cup and ODI World Cup, failed to live up to expectations in both tournaments. In the Asia Cup, they were eliminated at the Super 4 stage, while in the World Cup, they couldn’t progress beyond the league stage. The team’s performance was lackluster, winning only four out of their nine matches. The campaign was also marred by controversies.
Criticism of Azam’s Captaincy and Batting
Babar Azam bore the brunt of criticism not only for his captaincy but also for his batting performances. Following Pakistan’s exit from the World Cup, Azam decided to step down as captain in all formats. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) then appointed Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi as Test and T20I captains respectively.
Unsuccessful Leadership Change
The change in captaincy did not bring about the desired improvement in Pakistan cricket’s fortunes. The team suffered heavy defeats in Australia and New Zealand under the leadership of Masood. Australia whitewashed Pakistan in the three-match Test series while Pakistan lost the first four games of the five-match T20I series against New Zealand before salvaging a win in the final game.
Potential Reinstatement of Azam
With the appointment of Mohsin Naqvi as the new Chairman of the PCB, reports suggest that Babar Azam is likely to be reinstated as the captain. Naqvi, who has been elected unopposed for a three-year term, is reportedly planning several changes for Pakistan cricket. The media in Pakistan has indicated that Naqvi is keen on having Azam take charge of the team once again.
If the reports are true, the reinstatement of Babar Azam as Pakistan’s captain could bring stability and a fresh start to the team. Azam has proven himself as a world-class batsman and will have the opportunity to lead his side to success in future tournaments. Fans will be eagerly waiting for an official announcement from the PCB regarding this potential development.