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PCB to 'retain' Babar Azam as skipper after T20 World Cup 2024

Sources say PCB will be making some changes in the national side owing to team's poor performance

By Sports Desk
June 13, 2024
Pakistans skipper Babar Azam pictured during a T20 World Cup 2024 match. — PCB/File
Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam pictured during a T20 World Cup 2024 match. — PCB/File

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to continue with with Babar Azam as the national side's white-ball skipper after the T20 World Cup 2024 despite the team's poor run in the ongoing tournament, sources told Geo News on Thursday.

However, the board will likely be making some changes in the team, the sources added.

The development comes as the national side has suffered two losses in the World Cup so far including the one against the United States and arch-rivals India on June 9.

The Green Shirts also struggled in their match against Canada as well on June 11 and were only able to chase down the 107-run target in 17.3 overs.

They now stare at the risk of an early exit from the tournament as their progress into the Super 8 stage depends on the outcome of others teams' matches.

The PCB's decision to move forward with the same white-ball captain comes after Chairman Mohsin Naqvi, while speaking to the Geo News, stepped back from his strong stance, urging the nation to support the cricket team during the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

"The consultation is ongoing and it is not appropriate to discuss [the matter] further at this juncture," Naqvi said in an exclusive conversation with Geo News outside the Parliament House on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Naqvi had expressed disappointment in the Pakistan team after their loss against India.

He maintained that the team's poor performance indicated that it required a "major surgery".

"It seemed that a minor surgery would work but after this bad performance, I’m now sure that a major surgery is required. The nation will soon see a major overhaul," he said.