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PCB fakes Shaheen Shah Afridi’s statements on captaincy removal

In the recent developments of Pakistan Cricket, Babar Azam was named white-ball captain replacing Shaheen Shah Afridi in the T20I format. Azam, who was forced to resign during Zaka Ashraf's chairmanship after World Cup 2023, is brought back to the helm by new chairman Mohsin Naqvi ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024.  While it is understood that Azam's forced resignation was wrong, fans also perceive it 'unfair' to remove Shaheen from T20I captaincy within a short stint. Shaheen's only task as T20I skipper was a five-match New Zealand T20I series earlier this year. It was reported that Shaheen was unaware of PCB's plan to change captaincy and was only informed a short time before the official announcement. Fans and experts alike awaited Shaheen's response to captaincy removal. The PCB released his statements which were later reported to be misquoted. As per reports, Shaheen never stated that, and saw those build-up statements after waking up. Reportedly, Shaheen has not been happy with PCB's decision to quickly change captain without taking him under consideration. According to PCB, Shaheen stated, “It was an absolute honour to captain the Pakistan National Cricket Team. I will always cherish the memories and the opportunity. As a team player, it is my duty to back our captain, Babar Azam. "I have played under his captaincy and have nothing but respect for him. I will try to help him on and off the field. We are all one. Our aim is the same, to help Pakistan become the best team in the world," he stated. Reports have been circulating for half a day now that Shaheen never stated these. The young bowler was already disheartened with sudden captaincy removal and fake statements attributing to him have further added fumes to the fire. As a result, the ex-T20I captain has demanded a meeting with the board to protest again the development.

In the recent developments of Pakistan Cricket, Babar Azam was named white-ball captain replacing Shaheen Shah Afridi in the T20I format. Azam, who was forced to resign during Zaka Ashraf’s chairmanship after World Cup 2023, is brought back to the helm by new chairman Mohsin Naqvi ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024.

While it is understood that Azam’s forced resignation was wrong, fans also perceive it ‘unfair’ to remove Shaheen from T20I captaincy within a short stint. Shaheen’s only task as T20I skipper was a five-match New Zealand T20I series earlier this year. It was reported that Shaheen was unaware of PCB’s plan to change captaincy and was only informed a short time before the official announcement.

Fans and experts alike awaited Shaheen’s response to captaincy removal. The PCB released his statements which were later reported to be misquoted. As per reports, Shaheen never stated that, and saw those build-up statements after waking up. Reportedly, Shaheen has not been happy with PCB’s decision to quickly change captain without taking him under consideration.

According to PCB, Shaheen stated,

“It was an absolute honour to captain the Pakistan National Cricket Team. I will always cherish the memories and the opportunity. As a team player, it is my duty to back our captain, Babar Azam.

“I have played under his captaincy and have nothing but respect for him. I will try to help him on and off the field. We are all one. Our aim is the same, to help Pakistan become the best team in the world,” he stated.

Reports have been circulating for half a day now that Shaheen never stated these. The young bowler was already disheartened with sudden captaincy removal and fake statements attributing to him have further added fumes to the fire. As a result, the ex-T20I captain has demanded a meeting with the board to protest again the development.

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