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Babar Azam: Pakistan’s Cricket Savior or the New Shahid Afridi? Exploring the Captaincy Dynamics

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Babar Azam: The Reshaping of Pakistan Cricket Team

In a sudden turn of events, Babar Azam has been reinstated as the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, both in the One Day International (ODI) and T20 formats. This decision, announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) via Twitter on Sunday, marks a significant shift in leadership within the team.

The Background

After a disappointing performance in the 2023 World Cup, Babar Azam had stepped down from the captaincy. Following Pakistan’s early exit from the tournament, Azam resigned from captaincy across all three formats – ODI, Test, and T20 Internationals. Pakistan’s dismal run in the World Cup, failing to secure a spot in the semi-finals despite high expectations, led to Azam bearing the brunt of criticism.

Azam’s Resignation

Pakistan’s journey in the 2023 World Cup ended prematurely as they failed to progress past the group stage, winning only four out of nine matches. This underwhelming performance left them with just eight points, placing them fifth in the points table. The failure to secure a spot in the semi-finals led to Babar Azam paying a hefty price.

Shahid Afridi’s Stint

Following Azam’s resignation, Shahid Afridi was appointed as the captain for T20s, while Shan Masood took over the Test captaincy. However, the fate of the Pakistan cricket team remained unchanged. Due to poor performance, Shahid Afridi had to relinquish his captaincy in T20s. Nevertheless, Babar Azam has been given another opportunity to lead the team.

Azam’s Return

Though Babar Azam will resume captaincy duties in ODIs and T20s, Shan Masood will continue to lead the Test side. This decision reflects the selectors’ faith in Azam’s leadership abilities, particularly in the limited-overs formats.

Babar Azam’s reinstatement as captain comes at a crucial juncture for Pakistani cricket. With the team aiming to regain its competitive edge on the international stage, Azam’s leadership will be instrumental in steering them towards success.