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Babar Azam Resigns as Pakistan’s Cricket Captain in All Formats

Babar Azam, the skipper of Pakistan’s national cricket team, has announced his resignation from the captaincy in all formats of the game. This decision comes in the wake of Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the recent World Cup.

Babar Azam, who has been leading the team for several years, made this announcement following a meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman, Zaka Ashraf, at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Despite being offered to continue as the Test captain, Babar decided to step down from all formats.

The 29-year-old cricketer has had a remarkable career, holding the top-ranked ODI batter position for over two years and being the only batter to achieve top three positions across all formats. However, the team’s recent performance in the Asia Cup and the World Cup has led to criticism and pressure on Babar.

In a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, Babar said, “Today, I am stepping down as the captain of Pakistan in all formats. It’s a difficult decision but I feel it is a right time for this call.” He added that he would continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats and support the new captain and the team with his experience and dedication.

The PCB has yet to announce the successors for the captaincy. However, it is speculated that Shan Masood might be appointed as the captain for the upcoming Australia Tour, while Shaheen Shah Afridi could lead the team in the T20I series against New Zealand and possibly in next year’s T20 World Cup.

Babar’s tenure as the captain has seen its share of highs and lows. Despite leading the team to the top rank before the World Cup, the team failed to reach the semi-finals, creating several unwanted records. Babar’s personal performance as a batter also saw a dip during the World Cup, with him scoring only 320 runs in nine matches.

Despite the challenges, Babar expressed his gratitude to the passionate fans of Pakistan cricket for their unwavering support during his journey. He also thanked the cricket board for entrusting him with the significant responsibility of leading the national side.

As the cricketing world awaits the announcement of the new captains, Babar’s decision marks the end of an era as captain. His leadership, dedication, and contribution to the team will always be remembered.

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