In a significant announcement on November 15, Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam revealed his decision to step down from the captaincy role across all formats. The announcement comes amidst the team’s disappointing performance in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup.
Taking to the platform X (formerly Twitter), Azam expressed the difficulty of the decision but emphasized that he believes it’s the right time to relinquish the captaincy. In his statement, Azam stated, “Today, I am stepping down as the captain of Pakistan in all formats. It’s a difficult decision, but I feel it is the right time for this call. I will continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats.”
Azam, who has faced scrutiny for the team’s lackluster performance in the World Cup, expressed his commitment to continue contributing as a player. He pledged full support to the incoming captain, vowing to assist with his experience and dedication.
“I will continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats. I am here to support the new captain and the team with my experience and dedication,” Azam affirmed in his announcement.
Shaheen Afridi talks about Babar Azam
– @babarazam258: under your exemplary leadership, it’s been a privilege to witness true teamwork and camaraderie. Your forefront leadership and commitment to team unity and collective success are commendable.
Looking forward to seeing you break more batting records, In sha Allah.
The decision sparked discussions among cricket enthusiasts, with some former Pakistani players suggesting that Azam should focus on his batting skills rather than the additional responsibilities of captaincy. As Pakistan looks to regroup and plan for future campaigns, the search for a new captain begins, and Babar Azam’s commitment to supporting the transition marks a new chapter in Pakistan cricket.