The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is deliberating potential candidates to take over as captain from Babar Azam due to Pakistan’s recent World Cup defeats. Sarfaraz Ahmed, Muhammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi are among those being discussed. Babar Azam’s position as captain is at risk unless Pakistan secures victories in all remaining matches.
Following their World Cup campaign, Pakistan is set to tour Australia and must plan for future tournaments. A consensus is growing within the PCB that Babar has had his opportunity as captain and failed to deliver.
Pakistan has four more league games in the World Cup and needs a miraculous turnaround to reach the semi-finals. If Pakistan doesn’t qualify, it’s expected that Babar will step down as captain, particularly since he’s had significant authority and support.
There is growing support for potential candidates, and it’s likely that the PCB will appoint separate captains for red and white ball formats, such as Sarfaraz for Tests and ODIs and Shaheen for T20Is.
The PCB is also considering changes to the coaching staff. After the World Cup, the support staff, including Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, Mornie Merkel, Andrew Puttick, and manager Rehan ul Haq, are expected to step down. Additionally, there have been reports of disputes within the team that the PCB has refuted.
Babar initially became T20 captain in late 2019 and eventually took over captaincy in all formats by 2021.