Babar Azam’s future as Pakistan captain put on hold; Shan Masood to continue as Test skipper: Reports

Pakistan is to continue with top-order batter Shan Masood as the Test captain for the foreseeable future. This decision was reached after the Pakistan Cricket Board and coach Jason Gillespie had a meeting and took a call to repose faith in Masood ahead of a packed international season. 

Further, all parties also have reportedly decided to put Babar Azam as captain in white-ball formats on hold. The development was reported by PTI, who quoted a source who was aware of the aforementioned meeting which also included the white-ball coach Gary Kirsten.

The source was quoted saying, “The meeting was held to discuss ways to move forward with a comprehensive blueprint for the national team in red and white ball formats.  Shan got the support at the meeting to continue as Test captain for the upcoming series against Bangladesh, England, South Africa and the West Indies between August and January.” 

The PTI report also quoted a former Pakistan great Sarfaraz Nawaz, who expressed his discontent with previous selector Wahab Riaz, who was recently sacked from his position.  “The selection committee has worked collectively and should be sacked collectively for their failure and incompetence,” said Nawaz.

“I am on record to have written letters to Zaka (Ashraf) and (Mohsin) Naqvi regarding Wahab’s suspected past and his lack of abilities as an administrator. Nobody paid heed to my suggestion. I knew well that Wahab was not capable of delivering in any capacity yet he was made selector, advisor and manager. On all fronts he failed,” he added.

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