In a whirlwind of changes within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the resurgence of Babar Azam as Pakistan’s captain looms on the horizon. Following a turbulent exit post-World Cup 2023, where Pakistan faltered to a fifth-place finish, Azam’s resignation sent shockwaves through the cricketing world. It was a decision shrouded in speculation, with whispers of internal politics rife within PCB.
Former coach Mickey Arthur hinted at the underlying power struggles, suggesting Azam’s departure was not entirely voluntary but orchestrated by figures like ex-chairman Zaka Ashraf. Ashraf’s silent manoeuvres saw Azam stripped of his captaincy and the foreign coaching staff ousted before he vacated his position. The aftermath of the World Cup debacle saw a flurry of changes in PCB’s top brass, with chairman turnovers becoming a norm.
Shan Masood took over the reins as the Test captain, while Shaheen Afridi assumed the T20I leadership role. However, the winds of change are blowing once again with Mohsin Naqvi stepping in as the new PCB chairman for a three-year tenure. Reports from journalist Qadir Khwaja suggest that Naqvi’s tenure could herald Azam’s return to the captaincy, marking a significant shift in PCB’s direction.
— Qadir Khawaja (@iamqadirkhawaja) February 6, 2024
Despite the anticipated leadership change, Pakistan’s struggles on the field persist. Masood’s tenure as Test captain witnessed a humiliating whitewash in Australia, followed by a dismal 4-1 defeat in the T20I series against New Zealand. As the cricketing landscape undergoes another shakeup, all eyes are on Babar Azam, awaiting his potential reinstatement as the skipper to steer Pakistan cricket towards calmer waters.
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