Pakistan’s Babar Azam confirms: “I am stepping down as the captain of Pakistan in all formats. It’s a difficult decision but I feel it is the right time for this call. I will continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats. I am here to support the new captain and the team”
Babar Azam has announced he has stepped down as Pakistan captain but will continue to play in all three formats.
The 29-year-old’s announcement comes after Pakistan’s disappointing 2023 ODI World Cup campaign, where they failed to qualify for the semi-finals and won four games from nine matches.
“I vividly remember the moment when I received the call from PCB to lead Pakistan in 2019. Over the past four years, I’ve experienced many highs and lows on and off the field, but I wholeheartedly and passionately aimed to maintain Pakistan’s pride and respect in the cricket world,” Babar said on social media.
“Reaching the No 1 spot in the white-ball format was the result of the collective efforts of players, coaches, and management but I’d like to express my gratitude to passionate Pakistan cricket fans for their unwavering support during this journey.
“Today, I am stepping down as the captain of Pakistan in all formats. It’s a difficult decision but I feel it is the right time for this call. I will continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats.
Babar Azam has announced that he is stepping down as the Pakistan cricket captain in all formats.
Babar announced this on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), shortly after he met Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Interim Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf in Lahore.