Shan Masood has been named Test captain by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), and Shaheen Afridi is in charge of the national team’s T20 play.
This happened soon after Babar Azam announced on Wednesday that he would step down as captain of the national team in all forms. This ended his years-long time in charge after a disappointing World Cup campaign.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 15, 2023
Shan, who is 34 years old, has played in 30 Tests and scored 1,597 runs, including four centuries and seven half-centuries.
Shan has been named captain until the end of the 2023–25 ICC World Test Championship. Shan’s first job as captain will be to lead his team in a three-match Test series against Australia, which will begin on December 14 in Australia.
Shaheen Shah, a left-arm bowler, will be captain of the Pakistan Men’s Team in T20Is. His first job as captain will be to lead the team in a five-match T20I series in New Zealand from January 12th to January 21st. Sharheen, who is 23 years old, has taken 64 wickets in 52 T20Is.
Shaheen has also been captain of Lahore Qalandars in the PSL, where he helped the team win the league twice in two years, in 2022 and 2023.
People were mad at the now-former captain for a few months after Pakistan didn’t do well in the Asia Cup and carried that bad form into the World Cup, where they lost before making it to the semifinals.
“I am stepping down as captain of Pakistan in all forms today.” “It was a tough choice, but I think now is the right time for this call,” Babar said in a tweet on X, which used to be Twitter.
Babar made the big news right after meeting with Zaka Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee, at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Sources told Geo News that Ashraf offered to keep Babar as captain of the team in Tests, but Babar turned him down.
The PCB head and Babar had a “cordial meeting” to talk about different things, including the World Cup performance, according to a statement released after the meeting.
Babar was asked to stay on as Test captain, but he has been relieved of his duties as leader in white-ball cricket so that he can focus on one type of cricket, the statement said.
Based on talks with his family, Babar chose to step down, and the PCB supports that choice, the PCB said.
“PCB respects his choice and will continue to back him as a player.”
Ashraf said in the statement that Babar was a truly world-class player and that the cricket board wanted him to keep doing well as a player.
“Pakistan has lost one of its best batters in history.” We will continue to help him because he is an advantage to us. His hitting skills show how hard he works and how skilled he is. He’s an example for the young people today.
“He can focus more on his performances now that he doesn’t have to worry about being captain, and we want to see him become an even better batter.” It also said, “We respect his choice and will continue to support him.”
Babar has played in 49 Tests and scored 3,772 runs, with 26 half-centuries and nine centuries.
The PCB has also changed the jobs of all of the coaches, including Director Cricket Mickey Arthur.
The PCB said that all of the coaches would continue to work at the National Cricket Academy. The PCB will soon name the new coaching staff for the series in Australia and New Zealand.