Pakistan Captaincy in Jeopardy: Babar Azam Set to Resign as Skipper Post-WC

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Disgruntled with PCB’s behaviour, Babar Azam is likely to step down as Pakistan captain from all three formats ahead of Australia series in December.

Pakistan Cricket Team are all but out of the Cricket World Cup. With England batting first against Pakistan, it is now only a formality. And as Pakistan’s exit nears, a chapter of Pakistani cricket could also come to an end. Babar Azam is mulling quitting captaincy after returning home from Kolkata following WC. He has already consulted former PCB chief Ramiz Raja.

As per Geo News, Babar Azam will take a final call after discussing with his father and close aides. If he takes the decision, he will vacate all three leadership roles before travelling to Australia. Under Babar’s captaincy, Pakistan reached final of T20 Asia Cup and T20 World Cup in 2022.

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Why Babar Azam stepping down?

The reason is instability in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). With the top brass changing every 3-6 months, the captain has often been made the scapegoat.

During the Cricket World Cup campaign, Zaka Ashraf-led board has already thrown the captain under the bus, saying the captain and chief selector had full freedom in team selection. However, as things have not gone as per plans, Babar Azam is under pressure.

Ahead of the PAK vs ENG game, Babar Azam said that he is under no pressure despite Cricket World Cup failure.

“I have been captaining my team for the last three years and I have never felt this way. It’s just because I have not performed the way I should have in the World Cup, that’s why people are saying that I am under pressure. I am under no pressure. I have been doing this for the last two-and-a-half or three years. I was the one who was performing and I was the one who was the captain. I was applying the same thing,” Babar said.

Babar Azam captaincy record

Format Matches Won Loss Draw W/L %
Test 20 10 6 4 62.5
ODI 43 26 14 1 64.63
T20I 71 42 23 6 64.61
Updated till Nov 10, 2023

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