Babar Azam Steps Down as Pakistan Captain Across Formats After World Cup Disappointment
In a significant development, Babar Azam has announced his resignation as the captain of the Pakistan cricket team across all formats following the team’s lackluster performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup. The decision comes after Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-finals, securing only four wins in nine matches.
In a heartfelt statement, Babar Azam reflected on his journey as the captain since receiving the call from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2019. Despite experiencing highs and lows, he expressed a passionate commitment to upholding Pakistan’s pride and respect in the cricket world.
Babar acknowledged the collective efforts of players, coaches, and management that led to Pakistan reaching the No. 1 spot in the white-ball format. Grateful for the unwavering support of passionate Pakistan cricket fans, he deemed it the right time to step down as captain. However, Babar Azam affirmed his dedication to representing Pakistan as a player in all three formats.
In his statement, Babar Azam conveyed his commitment to supporting the new captain and the team with his experience. He extended sincere thanks to the PCB for entrusting him with the significant responsibility of leading the national team.
This announcement marks a turning point in Pakistan cricket, with Babar Azam’s decision to contribute as a player signaling a transition in leadership. Cricket enthusiasts await the PCB’s next move in appointing a new captain and the team’s preparation for future challenges.