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

Babar announced this on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), shortly after he met Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Interim Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf in Lahore.

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In his statement, Babar 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 said.

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

Babar and the team management came under fire after the national side’s dismal performances in the Asia Cup and the World Cup 2023.

Pakistan were knocked out during league stages in both tournaments.

Initially, the board wanted Babar to lead Pakistan during the Australia Test series next month. However, the World No.2 ODI batter decided to step down in all formats.

Earlier this week, bowling coach Morne Morkel had become the first man to quit Pakistan’s coaching staff following the team’s failure to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

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Afridiz Rulez Nov 15, 2023 07:35pm
Golden era of cricket to begin under the captaincy of Shaheen inshallah
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Tulukan Mairandi Nov 15, 2023 07:36pm
About time
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Afridiz Rulez Nov 15, 2023 07:37pm
Shaheen will lead into glorious future
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Sarfaraz Fan Nov 15, 2023 07:45pm
Sarfaraz was humiliated by Babar and his cronies. Humiliation avenged.
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Sarfaraz Fan Nov 15, 2023 07:46pm
Eagerly awaiting the real king Sarfaraz to lead Pakistan.
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Mark Nov 15, 2023 08:45pm
Thank you Babar. Although this step by you is a little late.
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Mark Nov 15, 2023 08:47pm
@Sarfaraz Fan, Be realistic. It was Sarfraz's conduct which let him down.
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Johnny Walker Nov 15, 2023 08:53pm
Can they please try and find someone that is articulate (able to converse in a universal language like English), well educated (graduated from a good university), sharp and not a paindoo. Conversely, forget it. Not possible in a country run by thieves, thugs & boots.
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Maqbool Nov 15, 2023 10:11pm
Pakistani Captains have resigned before, we salute them but after this disaster why hasn’t the Chairman PCB resigned ? He’s equally if not more at fault .
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Sumaroo Nov 16, 2023 08:27am
He does not have a captains brain!
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Asadullah Nov 16, 2023 10:32am
Tiger in front of minnows and mouse in front of powerful teams. This was the characteristic of his performance and captaincy.
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Zara Nov 17, 2023 02:03am
Babar Azam, may you continue to shine! You were great. Thank you for your services. You remain the biggest and bestest of the country
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Zara Akram Nov 17, 2023 02:04am
Thank you Babar! You were great, this decision has been sad, but we stand with you! Go be the best ever!!! Always in our prayers.
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TSeek Nov 17, 2023 05:57am
No intellectual capital developed...from sports, technology...to governance...hence disaster after disaster...paindoos in control all over!
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