PCB appoints Babar as new Test captain
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named Babar Azam as the nation’s new Test captain, replacing former incumbent Azhar Ali on Tuesday. He will now lead Pakistan’s Test side in 2021-22 season.
With this announcement, the 26-year old Babar will lead Pakistan national side across all three formats. He has replaced veteran Azhar who last captained the side against England this summer in which Pakistan lost three-match Test series by 1-0.
Azhar’s reign has shut down after just 12-months of leadership. He took the role from Sarfaraz Ahmed last year.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani confirmed the news on Tuesday (November 10) and also thanked Azhar for his contribution as captain.
“I want to thank Azhar Ali for stepping up last year by captaining the side in what was a historic first home Test series in over a decade. I believe Azhar still has a lot of cricket left in him and Pakistan cricket can continue to make the best use of his experience and knowledge as specialist top-order batsman moving forward.”
He also congratulated Babar and said that he’s been appointed as Test captain looking into the future. “Babar Azam was identified at a very young age as a future leader and as part of his progression and development, he was appointed white-ball captain last year. With his consistent performance and leadership skills, he has demonstrated that he is ready to take on the additional responsibilities of a captain.
“As we are looking into the future, it is appropriate that we appoint him the captain now so that he continues to grow stronger with every match. I wish Babar all the best and remain optimistic that he will help Pakistan cricket make an upward movement across all formats not only through his performance but also with his positive attitude and result-oriented approach,” Mani said.
Babar also expressed his joy after getting the leadership role of the team and said that he’s prepared to take the responsibility. “I feel truly honoured to have been appointed Test captain and join some of the most iconic players who have captained Pakistan in the purest format of the game. I can now say with conviction that dreams can come true only if you chase them with honesty, dedication and commitment.
“I am ready and prepared to take up the additional responsibility and the fact which gives me additional confidence is that I can do the job is the experience that is available to me in the changing room in the shape of the players and support staff,” he said.
Babar’s first task will be against New Zealand in two-match Test series which is scheduled to start from December 26 this year.