Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan Being Discussed As Captaincy Replacements For Babar Azam: Report | Cricket News

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi are being mentioned as potential candidates who may substitute Babar Azam as captain when the nationwide staff returns residence from the World Cup in India. Pakistan are scheduled to tour Australia instantly after the World Cup. The staff additionally must plan for the 2024 T20 World Cup and 2025 ICC Champions Trophy.

There is a transparent consensus creating within the Pakistan Cricket Board that Babar has had his probability to show himself and he has did not ship as captain.

Pakistan have 4 extra league video games left within the World Cup, having misplaced their final three together with in opposition to Afghanistan on Monday. They can nonetheless qualify for the semifinals.

“Only if Pakistan can stage a miracle and win all their remaining matches to qualify for the semi-finals of this World Cup does Babar stand any chance of surviving as captain and even then he might be relegated to skipper in just the red ball format,” one dependable supply near the developments stated.

The supply stated that the knives had been out for Babar and he would possibly as properly announce his resignation as captain if the staff returns residence with out taking part in within the World Cup semifinals.

“It is over for Babar because he has been given unbridled power and authority as captain and more importantly he has always had players of his choice in the team.

“There has by no means been any try to cut back his authority and so he’s now being held solely accountable for the Asia Cup and World Cup defeats,” the source added.

He noted that even for the Asia Cup and World Cup, despite advice from former captains Misbah ul Haq and Muhammad Hafeez to make some changes for the event in India, Babar had got all the 18 players he asked for and chief selector, Inzamam ul Haq had also supported him completely.

“The PCB Chairman, Zaka Ashraf ignored the recommendation of Misbah and Hafeez and another former gamers whom he consulted as Babar was adamant he did not need adjustments within the staff for the World Cup,” the source said.

Misbah also confirmed on a television channel that he had advised Babar to include mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed in the World Cup but Babar refused and only agreed to take him as a travelling reserve to India.

The interesting part is that lobbies for the possible candidates including Sarfaraz, Shaheen, Rizwan and Shan Masood have started their work to get their candidate selected as captain with the board now likely to name different captains for the red and white ball formats.

“Sarfaraz would possibly win the nod to captain the Test and ODI sides once more whereas Shaheen might get an opportunity to be the T20 captain,” the source added. Sarfaraz is currently not part of the World Cup squad.

The source also disclosed that the support staff of Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, Mornie Merkel, Andrew Puttick and manager Rehan ul Haq are also under the scanner and will be asked to step down after the World Cup.

“They are very vivid possibilities that Pakistan may have a brand new teaching employees and captain after they embark on the Test tour of Australia and for the white ball sequence in New Zealand after the WC,” the source said.

The source said that the board was also not happy with reports leaking out of some differences and disputes in the dressing room, something that PCB rubbished on Monday.

Babar was initially named T20 captain in late 2019 but by 2021 he had taken over captaincy of all three formats.

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