Amidst the ongoing shake-up within the Pakistan cricket team’s management, fans have eagerly awaited news regarding the team’s captaincy for the upcoming Test series and the Champions Trophy 2025. It appears that a decision has finally been made, and an official announcement is imminent.

Shan Masood to Lead in Red-Ball Cricket

Shan Masood will continue to captain Pakistan in Test cricket. He is set to lead the team in the upcoming two-match Test series against Bangladesh, which begins in the third week of August.

This decision was made during a meeting of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) high-ups in Lahore on Wednesday, where various issues, including captaincy for the Test series and the Champions Trophy, were discussed.

A source within the PCB confirmed, “PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi has accepted the suggestion that Shan Masood should continue as captain of the red-ball team for the forthcoming series against Bangladesh.


“He would continue to lead Pakistan throughout the season, which includes Test series against England, West Indies, and later an away series against South Africa.”

The official announcement of his appointment as Test team captain is expected within the next few days. Shan Masood has previously led Pakistan during a series against Australia, where the team faced a 0-3 whitewash.

Uncertainty Over White-Ball Captaincy

While Shan Masood’s role is confirmed, the decision regarding Babar Azam’s captaincy in the Champions Trophy 2025 remains uncertain. No decision has yet been made about who will lead Pakistan in ODIs and T20Is.


“The PCB chairman has yet to decide on the white-ball captain. The decision is expected to be made after initiating a consultation process with some leading cricketers over the next couple of weeks,” the source added.

As Pakistan cricket navigates through these changes, the future leadership of the team remains a hot topic. Shan Masood’s continuation as Test captain brings some stability, but the uncertainty surrounding the white-ball captaincy keeps fans and analysts on edge.

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