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T20 World Cup 2024: Former Pakistan cricketer slams PCB over captaincy change

Shaheen was removed from the captaincy after New Zealand series, and Babar was reinstated as the skipper by the Moshin Naqvi-led PCB

T20 World Cup 2024: Former Pakistan cricketer slams PCB over captaincy change PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi has expressed his views on the recent captaincy change in the Pakistan cricket team following their exit from the T20 World Cup 2024. Afridi believes that Babar Azam should have supported Shaheen Afridi when he was named the captain for T20Is.

Speaking on his YouTube channel following Pakistan's T20 World Cup exit, Afridi shared his thoughts on the captaincy shuffle. He emphasized that if the decision to appoint Shaheen as captain until the T20 World Cup had been made, Babar should have stood by Shaheen and supported his captaincy.

“If the decision on Shaheen’s captaincy had been made and you [PCB] had stated that he will remain the captain till the [T20] World Cup, then I think Babar [Azam] should have supported Shaheen there and should have said that 'no, if you have made him [Shaheen] the captain, then we are ready to play under his captaincy because Shaheen has been playing with me for a long time. If he is made captain and the selection committee has made him the captain, then yes I will support him and play under his captaincy. This is the stance Babar should’ve taken. Babar’s respect would’ve increased greatly that he has set an example with a remarkable decision," Afridi said. 

"But this was not entirely the fault of Babar because some of the blame lies with the selection committee too since some of the selectors on record said that Babar doesn't know how to do captaincy," he added.

The captaincy saga began following Pakistan's disappointing exit from the 2023 ODI World Cup, leading the 29-year-old Babar Azam to resign from captaincy across all formats during Zaka Ashraf's tenure as PCB chairman. Shaheen Afridi was then appointed as the T20I captain.
 
However, after only one series against New Zealand, which Pakistan lost 4-1, Shaheen was removed from the captaincy, and Babar was reinstated as the skipper by the Moshin Naqvi-led PCB.