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Shaheen Afridi Turns Down Vice-Captaincy for T20 World Cup 2024

In a surprising turn of events, Pakistan’s star fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi, has declined the offer to serve as the vice-captain for the national team in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. This news comes as a shock to many, given Afridi’s significant contributions to the team and his previous leadership role.

Afridi was initially appointed as the captain of the Pakistan T20 side for a series in New Zealand. However, following the team’s defeat, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to remove him from the captaincy and reappoint Babar Azam as the white-ball captain. This decision was met with controversy, as Afridi and many fans felt that the reasons for his dismissal were not adequately explained.

Despite the controversy, Afridi chose to put the matter behind him and focus on his performance. However, when the PCB offered him the vice-captaincy for the T20 World Cup 2024, Afridi declined. This decision indicates that the fast bowler is not keen on jumping into another leadership position so soon after being removed from one.

Afridi’s refusal to accept the vice-captaincy has sparked discussions about who will take up the role. Wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan and all-rounder Shadab Khan are now strong candidates for the position. The PCB is reportedly interested in appointing a younger player to the position.

The PCB’s decision to change the captaincy and Afridi’s refusal to accept the vice-captaincy have highlighted the challenges that lie ahead for the board and the team. The PCB will need to work on mending its relationship with Afridi and ensuring that the team is united and focused on the upcoming T20 World Cup. However, the board remains confident in its choices and believes that the selected squad is well-prepared for the upcoming tournament.

The T20 World Cup 2024 is set to begin on June 1 and will be played in the United States and West Indies. Pakistan is in Group A of the event, alongside India, Ireland, Canada, and the United State. The team’s performance in this tournament will be crucial in determining the future direction of Pakistan cricket.

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