Babar Azam appointed as Pakistan white ball captain

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has appointed Babar Azam as its white-ball captain and Shaheen Shah Afridi's T20I series has ended.

„Following the unanimous recommendation of PCB's Selection Committee, Chairman PCB Mohsin Naqvi has appointed Babar Azam as the white-ball (ODI and T20I) captain of the Pakistan Men's Cricket Team,” Pakistan Cricket Board X, formerly known as Twitter, said. Sunday.

Babar stepped down from the all-format captaincy after Pakistan failed to reach the semi-finals of the 50-over World Cup in India last year. But under Afridi's leadership, Pakistan lost the T20 series in New Zealand 4-1.

New PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi has also not particularly warmed to Afridi, especially after the left-arm pacer had a poor Pakistan Super League, with his franchise Lahore Qalandars – winning just one of 10 league games under his captaincy. Finished last in the competition.

Pakistan's next international is a five-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting on April 18. Pakistan will play three T20Is against Ireland and four T20Is against England before the T20 World Cup in USA and West Indies from June 2. .


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