Reports: Babar Azam Likely To Step Down From Captaincy After ODI World Cup 2023

In the heat of the 2023 World Cup showdown, Babar Azam, the skipper of Pakistan’s cricket team, lashed out at critics questioning his captaincy. He didn’t hold back, calling out pundits and inviting them to have a direct conversation rather than hashing it out on live TV. But here’s the kicker: rumors are swirling that Babar might step down from his white-ball captaincy post this mega event.

Pakistan’s journey in this tournament wasn’t the thrilling ride everyone anticipated. Initially eyed as potential semifinalists or even contenders for the title, they faced a brutal series of losses in the early phase, including a shocking defeat against Afghanistan. While they managed a comeback against Bangladesh and New Zealand, clinching the semifinals seems like a far-off dream with just one game in hand.

Babar’s leadership has come under intense scrutiny. Veterans and experts are openly questioning his decision-making on the field. Adding fuel to the fire, whispers emerged of a divided Pakistani team, split into factions led by Babar and Shaheen Afridi, further complicating matters.

Before Pakistan’s final league game against England, Babar Azam confronted the critique head-on. Addressing the variety of opinions, he opened the door for advice, emphasizing the ease of offering opinions on TV versus reaching out personally.

Even as Babar defends his role, reports from Geo Super hint at a potential resignation from leadership positions in ODIs and T20Is after the World Cup. Seeking counsel from former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja and confidants, Babar engaged in extensive discussions ahead of the England game.

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Babar said: “Everyone has their point of view, their way of thinking. Everyone is saying something different. He should be like this or like that. If someone has to give me advice, everyone has my number. It is easy to advise on TV. If you want to give me some advice, you can message me.”

The suggestion for Babar’s potential step down stems from challenges faced by prominent captains in Test series in Australia. With Pakistan set to tour Australia for a three-match red-ball contest in mid-December, Babar intends to make the final call upon his return to Pakistan.

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