Babar Azam replaces Afridi as Pakistan white-ball cricket captain

Pakistan has made significant changes in its cricket leadership, with Babar Azam appointed as the new white-ball captain, replacing Shaheen Shah Afridi who had a brief stint as the Twenty20 skipper.

The decision, announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on X day, follows a unanimous recommendation from the PCB’s selection committee and comes ahead of Pakistan’s upcoming series.

Last year, Babar stepped down from the all-format captaincy after Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the 50-over World Cup. Under Afridi’s leadership, Pakistan faced a setback, losing the T20 series in New Zealand.

The decision to replace Afridi was influenced by his underwhelming performance in the Pakistan Super League, where his team, Lahore Qalandars, struggled.

The PCB, under the new chairman Mohsin Naqvi, has opted for Azam’s leadership ahead of crucial series against New Zealand, Ireland, and England, leading up to the T20 World Cup in the USA and the West Indies.

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