Babar Azam. (Photo Source: FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP via Getty Images)
Star Pakistan batter Babar Azam is likely to be re-appointed as the captain of the side after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as their new chairman. Notably, Babar stepped down from the captaincy of all three formats after Pakistan’s dismal show in the ODI World Cup 2023 where they failed to qualify for the semi-finals finishing on the fifth spot with four wins from nine matches.
The then PCB Chairman, Zaka Ashraf urged him to continue leading the side in Tests. However, the 29-year-old didn’t show any interest to continue leading the team. However, in a recent development according to Pakistan journalist Qadir Khawaja, he’s likely to be re-appointed as the captain of the side.
Babar Azam will become the captain of Pakistan team once again, as per Qadir Khawaja 👀
What about Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi now? 😮 pic.twitter.com/qmWYJi1k7B
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) February 6, 2024
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Notably, after Babar stepped down PCB appointed Shan Masood as the Test skipper while Shaheen Afridi was given the responsibility of leading the T20I side. However, a new ODI captain hasn’t been named yet.
Under the new leadership, Pakistan’s struggles have continued as they were once again whitewashed in Australia for the sixth consecutive time losing their 17 consecutive Tests down under. Furthermore, they lost a five-match T20I series against New Zealand by 1-4 under Afridi’s captaincy.
Babar Azam is the leading run-scorer in BPL 2024
Meanwhile, Babar is currently playing in the Bangladesh Premier League 2024 having scored 251 runs from six innings at an average of 50.20 and a strike rate of 114.61 with two fifties to his name. His highest score of 62 (46) came against Durdanto Dhaka in Match 12.
Earlier, he also finished as the second-highest run scorer of the T20I series against New Zealand with 213 runs to his name from five innings at an average of 42.60 and a strike rate of 142 with three fifties. However, he didn’t have a memorable time in the Test series against Australia scoring just 126 runs from six innings at an average of 21 without a single fifty.