Pakistan Cricket Board Announces New Leadership
In a strategic move following Babar Azam’s resignation from all three formats, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Shan Masood as the Test captain and Shaheen Shah Afridi as the T20I captain for the Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team.
Shan Masood’s Test Captaincy:
Shan Masood, a seasoned 34-year-old cricketer, with a notable record of 30 Tests and 1,597 runs, including four centuries and seven half-centuries, has been entrusted with the Test captaincy until the conclusion of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25. His first challenge in this role will be leading the team in a three-match Test series against Australia in Australia, commencing from December 14.
Shaheen Afridi Takes the T20I Helm:
Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, a 23-year-old dynamo, known for his exceptional T20I performances, has been named the T20I captain. Shaheen, who has claimed an impressive 64 wickets in 52 T20Is, brings both experience and leadership skills to the forefront. His inaugural assignment as T20I captain will be the five-match T20I series in New Zealand, slated from January 12 to 21.
Babar Azam’s Departure Sets the Stage:
The appointments of Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi as captains come in the wake of Babar Azam stepping down from all three formats of the game. Babar Azam, who has been a pivotal figure in Pakistan cricket, leaves a void that the new leadership duo aims to fill with their expertise and commitment.
Next Up: ODI Captaincy Announcement:
With the Test and T20I leadership positions filled, the PCB is yet to announce the captain for the ODI format. Cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the unveiling of the new ODI captain, as Pakistan prepares for a fresh chapter under a dynamic leadership trio.
The cricketing landscape in Pakistan undergoes a transformation, and fans worldwide are poised to witness the impact of this new leadership era on the team’s performance and strategy.