After terrible exit from CWC 2023, Babar Azam steps down as Captain of Pakistan Cricket Team

Babar Azam announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down as the Pakistan cricket captain in all three formats.

He made the announcement on social media platform X, shortly after he met Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Interim Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf in Lahore.

In his statement, Babar Azam said, “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.”

He said that reaching the number one spot in white-ball cricket 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 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,” he added.

“I want to express my sincere thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board for entrusting me with this significant responsibility,” Babar concluded.

Babar Azam was first made the T20 captain in 2019, before taking charge of the Test and ODI teams in 2020.

Although Babar Azam did not mention a specific reason for his decision to step down, it comes after the team’s disastrous performance in the World Cup.

Earlier today, Babar Azam had also met the PCB chief in Lahore. Footage aired on television had shown Babar’s car being hounded by fans and journalists as he left the PCB headquarters at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Former captain Younis Khan and former pacers Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir had met Ashraf on Tuesday as the PCB began its inquest on Pakistan’s performance at the World Cup and plans for the upcoming Test series against Australia. The trio had advised Zaka Ashraf not to make wholesale changes ahead of the tour of Australia.

With ODI cricket not high on the schedule for the next years, the former players had also advised PCB chief to shift focus to red-ball cricket and it was also learnt that Younis might be offered a coaching assignment to groom youngsters in Karachi.

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