Babar Azam Vows to Lead Pakistan to the Top After Regaining T20 Captaincy

Sun Mar 31 2024
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LAHORE: Reappointed skipper Babar Azam vowed to transform Pakistan into the best team in the world after replacing Shaheen Shah Afridi at the Twenty20 International helm on Sunday.

Following a brief stint by Shaheen Shah Afridi, Babar Azam reassumed leadership, aiming to steer Pakistan towards excellence in the shortest format of the game.

Babar Azam’s resurgence as captain comes on the heels of Pakistan’s disappointing performance in recent series, prompting a shake-up in leadership. Addressing the media, Babar Azam emphasized his vision to turn Pakistan cricket team into a dominant force on the international stage.

“Our collective goal is to establish Pakistan as the best team in the world,” stated Babar Azam, highlighting the significance of teamwork and collaboration in achieving success. He also underscored his intention to seek guidance from Shaheen Shah Afridi, acknowledging the fast bowler’s strategic acumen.

Shaheen Afridi Pledges Support to Babar Azam

Shaheen Shah Afridi reciprocated Babar Azam’s sentiments, pledging his unwavering support to the newly reinstated captain. Emphasizing unity within the team, Shaheen Afridi affirmed his commitment to assisting Azam both on and off the field.

The decision to reinstate Babar Azam as T20 captain follows a series of changes in leadership and coaching staff, spurred by Pakistan’s subpar performances in recent tournaments. With the ICC T20 World Cup looming, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has implemented measures to enhance team performance, including involving the captain and head coach in the selection process.

In addition to Babar Azam’s return, the PCB announced the inclusion of fast bowler Mohammad Amir and all-rounder Imad Wasim, who reversed their retirements to bolster the squad’s depth.

While Babar Azam’s appointment has garnered support from cricketing figures like former wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, some have expressed surprise, including former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi.


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