Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam has stepped down from the captaincy in all three formats. Babar Azam declined the offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to captain only the Test team.
In a statement on social media, Babar Azam announced his resignation from captaincy in all formats. He stated that achieving the number one ranking in white-ball cricket was the result of hard work by all players. However, the decision to relinquish leadership was a difficult one, and he believes it is the right time to step down. Babar Azam expressed his commitment to continue performing as a player in all formats, support the new captain based on his experience, and thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board for the trust.
It is worth noting that today, Babar Azam met with Zakauddin Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management committee, in Lahore. According to sources, during the meeting, Babar Azam was informed about appointing a new captain for white-ball cricket. However, the PCB proposed to retain him as the captain of the Test team only. It was reported that Babar Azam declined the offer to captain only the Test team from the PCB.
According to sources, after Babar Azam declined the captaincy in all three formats, the meeting concluded. However, later on, he made the announcement of stepping down from the captaincy in all formats through a statement on social media.