Pakistan Cricket Board Likely to Reappoint Babar Azam as T20 Captain Ahead of World Cup 2024

Babar Azam reinstated as T20 captain

In anticipation of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is poised to reinstate Babar Azam as captain, marking a significant shift in leadership dynamics. While Mohammad Rizwan was initially touted as a strong contender to succeed Shaheen Afridi, recent developments have propelled Babar Azam to the forefront of captaincy considerations. PCB officials are on the verge of finalizing their decision to reinstall him as captain.

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Babar Azam voluntarily stepped down from his white-ball captaincy following the conclusion of the 2023 World Cup, paving the way for Shaheen Afridi to assume leadership in T20Is. However, subsequent events have seen a reevaluation of leadership roles, with Babar Azam emerging as the primary candidate once more. This decision comes in the wake of Pakistan’s lackluster performances under alternative leadership, including disappointing Test series results against Australia and a challenging defeat in the T20I series in New Zealand.

The shift in captaincy deliberations coincides with a change in leadership within the PCB, with Mohsin Naqvi assuming the role of chairman, succeeding Zaka Ashraf. Naqvi has hinted at potential changes in leadership during his recent address at a press conference held in Lahore, indicating a strategic repositioning ahead of the T20 World Cup.

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