WATCH: Pakistan players enjoy snooker amid captaincy rumours

The players have been taking part in various training and gym exercises

By Web Desk
March 30, 2024
Screengrab of players enjoying snooker. - FB/Iftikhar Ahmed

Pakistan men's team players are currently in Kakul, Abbottabad for a two-week training camp.

The players have been taking part in various training and gym exercises at the Army School of Physical Training (ASPT).

Meanwhile, the players have been sharing footage of each other. Hard-hitter batter Iftikhar Ahmed posted a video where many players are sharing a light moment while playing snooker.

Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan could be seen playing while others around are watching them play in a light-hearted mood.

"Thoroughly enjoying our time together in Kakul camp. Remember us in your duas," Iftikhar wrote.

It must be noted that there have been reports of removing Shaheen as T20 captain and bringing Babar Azam back to the helm.

Babar Azam had stepped down from the captaincy across all formats following Pakistan’s disappointing exit from the 2023 ODI World Cup after which the PCB appointed Shaheen as T20 captain and Shan Masood as Test captain.

However, following Lahore Qalandars' poor performance in the Pakistan Super League’s ninth edition and the change in PCB setup, Babar has emerged as the top choice for the prized slot.

It is worth mentioning that Babar Azam has so far captained Pakistan in five international tournaments —T20 World Cup 2021 and 2022, Asia Cup 2022 and 2023, and World Cup 2023 — but the Green Shirts have not won any ICC or Asia Cup titles under his leadership.

A meeting was also held on Thursday with PCB chief Mohsin Naqvi in the chair, attended by Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer, along with selection committee members Mohammad Yousuf, Wahab Riaz, Abdul Razzaq, Bilal Afzal, and Director of International Cricket Usman Wahla.

During the late-night huddle, selection committee members presented their recommendations regarding the national cricket team’s captaincy.

Discussions were held regarding potential changes in leadership for the T20 World Cup 2024 and the coaching staff.