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Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood main contenders for captaincy

Final decision awaits a meeting between Zaka Ashraf and Babar Azam
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Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi is poised to take over the captaincy from Babar Azam in the T20s, while Shan Masood emerges as a strong contender for leadership in Pakistan’s ODI and Test squads during the upcoming Australia tour.

The final decision awaits a meeting between Zaka Ashraf and Babar Azam, with additional discussions planned within the management committee.

Babar Azam has faced criticism for his leadership and performance, particularly after the World Cup 2023, where concerns were raised about his laidback approach, questionable bowling selections, and field settings.

Following the echo of changing captain, the former players and netizens are giving their suggestions about who should be crowned captaincy.

Pacer Muhammad Amir and social media users believe Shan Masood is a competent player for leading the team.

Some are claiming on X (formally Twitter) that Babar had already been replaced by Shan Masood.

“Shan Masood will be Pakistan’s captain for the Test series in Australia and Shaheen Afridi will lead Pakistan in the T20I series in New Zealand.”

On the other hand, people are also sharing the best scores of Masood.

Babar is under massive pressure after failing to inspire his players in the ICC World Cup 2023. Pakistan lost five matches, while winning just four.

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Shaheen Shah Afridi

shan masood

Captain Babar Azam

Former Pakistan captain