Babar Azam resigns as Pakistan Cricket team’s captain from all formats

KARACHI — Babar Azam on Wednesday announced his decision to step down as Pakistan Cricket team’s captain from all formats of the game four days after his side’s debacle in the ICC World Cup 2023 in India where they finished fifth spot.

The 28-year-old player has relinquished the captaincy role of the side from all formats, he made the announcement on X (formerly Twitter) via a statement.

“Today, I am stepping down as captain of Pakistan from all formats. It’s a difficult decision but I feel this is right time for this call,” Babar wrote in his statement.

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

“Reaching the No. 1 spot in white ball formats was a result of collective effort 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,” he said.

“I vividly remember the moment when I received the call from the PCB to lead Pakistan in 2019. Over the last 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. — (PTI)