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Babar Azam meets Chairman PCB amid captaincy rumours

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Pakistan’s star batter Babar Azam met chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Mohsin Naqvi, amid rumours about change in captaincy of the national side, on Thursday in Lahore.

According to media report, Naqvi and Azam had a detailed conversation about the possibility of the latter take charge as captain of the national side once again.

It must be noted that Shaheen Afridi replaced Azam as skipper in T20I cricket and Shan Masood in Tests last year.

The development comes after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that it will take the decision on Shaheen’s future as the captain of the T20I side after the fitness camp, which will conclude on April 8.

While talking at a presser after the announcement of the selection committee on March 24, PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi didn’t talk much on Shaheen’s future as captain.

“Even I don’t know who the captain will be,” Naqvi said. “Whether Shaheen continues or a new captain comes in will be determined after the fitness camp [starting on Monday].

“There are a number of technical factors we will consider, the details of which I do not want to go into. We want a long-term solution, whether it’s Shaheen or a new man. And then we intend to stick by that man, instead of just changing a captain just because you lose a match or captain,” he added.

Azam stepped down as the skipper of the national side from all formats, ending his years-long stint in the leading position, in November following a humiliating World Cup campaign.

The former skipper was under fire for several months after Pakistan failed to perform in the Asia Cup and continued the same momentum into the World Cup — where they crashed out before reaching the semis.

Azam was previously appointed white-ball captain in 2019 and as Test skipper in 2020, but the Green Shirts have not won any ICC or Asia Cup titles under his leadership.


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