Following Pakistan’s disappointing World Cup 2023 campaign, Babar Azam has made the tough decision to step down as captain across all formats, marking the end of his years-long tenure as the team’s leader.
Under scrutiny for months due to Pakistan’s lackluster performances in the Asia Cup and the subsequent dismal World Cup outing, Babar Azam announced his decision after a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Sources revealed that despite an offer to retain the Test captaincy, Babar declined the role.
Babar Azam took to X (formerly Twitter) and announced his decision to reluinquish captaincy in all three formats.
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) November 15, 2023
Reflecting on his tenure, Babar expressed vivid memories of being appointed as the captain for the white-ball format, emphasizing the significant responsibility that came with the role. Despite encountering highs and lows both on and off the field during the past four years, he dedicatedly aimed to uphold Pakistan’s cricketing pride and respect.
Acknowledging the collective effort that led Pakistan to claim the top spot in ODIs, Babar credited players, coaches, and management for this achievement. He extended gratitude to the passionate Pakistan cricket fans for their unwavering support throughout the journey.
While stepping down, Babar Azam pledged his commitment to continue representing Pakistan as a player across all three formats. He affirmed his readiness to support the new captain and the team, leveraging his experience and dedication.
Expressing gratitude, Babar conveyed sincere thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board for entrusting him with the significant responsibility of leading the national team. The move marks a significant shift in Pakistan cricket leadership as they navigate a new phase post-Babar’s captaincy.
Fans reaction over Babar Azam’s resignation
Babar Azam led Pakistan for over four years and it was under his leadership that the team became the no.1 ODI side in the world for the first time in their history.
Fans have gone emotional on Babar Azam’s decision to leave the captaincy and thanked him for his services over the years.
Heart is saying that you shouldn’t have done that but mind says that is good for us and @babarazam258 and We aspire for you to culminate your career as the greatest player not only from Pakistan but also worldwide.
— Cricket Mantra (@Awzik_Ch) November 15, 2023
📢 Babar Azam has stepped down as Pakistan captain from all formats 💔
— 𝗭𝗨𝗡𝗔𝗜𝗥𝗔 🏏🇵🇰 (@ItxmeZuni) November 15, 2023
Thank you Babar Azam for leading Pakistan with grace and without any controversy since 2019.
Pakistan and the world is waiting for Babar Azam 2.0 (the batsman) to rule the world in the upcoming years beginning from the Test series in Australia..! https://t.co/6yVnyFcF1d
— Waqas 🇵🇰 (@chaichaiyye) November 15, 2023
I want to thank Babar Azam for his services. I will keep supporting him. We have lived so many good moments under his captaincy. We lived through the best era of captaincy in recent times🙌♥️.#BabarAzam #CWC23 pic.twitter.com/p4YvHCzvKQ
— Shaharyar Ejaz 🏏 (@SharyOfficial) November 15, 2023
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