Babar Azam likely to step down as captain in white-ball cricket

The 29-year-old has been seeking guidance on captaincy future

November 10, 2023
Babar Azam - ICC

LAHORE: Pakistan all-format skipper Babar Azam is considering relinquishing the captaincy, specifically stepping down from leadership in white-ball cricket.

As per sources, the 29-year-old has been seeking guidance on his future, consulting with former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja and people close to him.

During the training at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on Friday, Babar Azam sought advice from Ramiz Raja.

The decision on whether to continue as captain will be influenced by consultations upon his return to the country. In the current circumstances, Babar Azam values the advice he receives, particularly from his father.

Expressing disappointment with the conduct of the PCB and former cricketers, Babar Azam has received counsel from those close to him advising him to step down from leadership in all three formats.

Sources further added that the suggestion is based on the belief that prominent captains have faced challenges in Test series in Australia. Consequently, individuals in Babar Azam's inner circle have recommended he step down from captaincy roles in both red and white-ball cricket.

Although Babar Azam initially planned to make this decision while in India, he has now postponed it and will finalise his choice upon returning to the country.

It must be noted that Pakistan is on verge of not making it into the final four of World Cup 2023. Pakistan has secured victories in four matches and faced defeat in an equal number. The team led by Babar Azam experienced setbacks against India, Australia, South Africa, and Afghanistan, while they emerged triumphant against the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and New Zealand.

Pakistan still has an opportunity to conclude their campaign with 10 points, but their net run-rate is a cause for concern. To surpass the Kiwis, they require a substantial victory against England.

If Pakistan bat first against England, they would have to beat them by 287 runs.

If Pakistan bowl first, they need to dismiss England for 50 runs and chase the target in two overs or 100 runs in three overs.

Sohail Imran is a senior reporter for Geo News.