Babar Azam Stepped Down as Pakistan Captain: Following a dreadful campaign in ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, Babar Azam stepped down as the captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team on November 15, 2023.
Babar Azam Stepped Down as Pakistan Captain in All Formats
Babar Azam Stepped Down as Pakistan Captain: Babar Azam made it official via his social media platform on November 15, 2023 the same day when Virat Kohli surpassed Sachin’s Record of 50 ODI centuries.
Earlier to Babar Azam’s announcement, Morne Morkel resigned as Pakistan bowling coach.
Babar Azam’s announcement post reads “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”.
“Reaching the number 1 spot in the white-ball format was a 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 a 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 with my experience and dedication. I want to express my sincere thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board for entrusting me with this significant responsibility. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD”, the post reads.
Though Pakistan kick-started their World Cup 2023 campaign with a couple of victories, they failed to maintain consistency and lost 4 consecutive games including their match against India.
Following a 7-wicket loss against India, Pakistan lost their next three games against Australia, Afghanistan and South Africa. Pakistan managed to win their next 2 games against Bangladesh and New Zealand by 7 wickets and 21 runs respectively.
Pakistan played their last group match of the tournament under an impossible qualification scenario against England and lost the game by 93 runs.
Pakistan’s next assignment is a three-match Test series against Australia scheduled to take place from December 14, 2023, to January 7, 2024, in Australia.