Babar Azam Resigns as Pakistan Captain in All Formats Following World Cup Disappointment

Babar Azam Resigns as Pakistan Captain
Babar Azam Resigns as Pakistan Captain

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In a move that sends shockwaves through the cricketing world, Babar Azam has resigned as Pakistan captain in all formats of the game. The decision comes after Pakistan’s disappointing 2023 ODI World Cup campaign, where they failed to qualify for the semi-finals with just four wins in nine matches.

Babar announced his decision in a statement released on Wednesday, saying that it was a “difficult decision but I feel it is a right time for this call.” He will continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats and has expressed his support for the new captain and the team.

The PCB has not yet named a replacement for Babar, but Shan Masood is the overwhelming favourite to take over the Test captaincy with immediate effect. Masood is understood to have been at the Gaddafi Stadium today, where he met with PCB officials to discuss the captaincy.

Babar’s resignation is a major blow to Pakistan cricket, as he is one of the best batsmen in the world. He has led Pakistan from strength to strength in recent years, helping them to reach the No. 1 ranking in the ODI format. Also read Protect Your Gmail Account: Google to Delete Inactive Accounts Starting December

However, Babar’s captaincy has also been under scrutiny in recent months, particularly after Pakistan’s poor World Cup performance. Some critics have argued that he is not the right man to lead the team, while others have defended his record.

With Babar stepping down, the PCB will now have to find a new leader for the team. Shan Masood is the obvious choice for the Test captaincy, but it is unclear who will take over as captain in the ODI and T20 formats. Read this Pakistan Faces Diabetes Epidemic: 62 Million Expected to Live with Disease by 2045

The PCB will need to make a decision quickly, as Pakistan is due to tour Australia in December for three Tests. It is a crucial series for Pakistan, as they will be looking to bounce back from their World Cup disappointment.

Whatever decision the PCB makes, it is sure to be a controversial one. Babar Azam is a popular figure in Pakistan, and his resignation will be met with sadness by many fans. However, the PCB will need to make a decision that is in the best interests of the team, and that may mean appointing a new captain who is not as popular as Babar.

Only time will tell how Pakistan cricket will fare without Babar Azam as captain. But one thing is for sure, it will be a different team without him.

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