Pakistan faced a disheartening exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 during the group stages, winning only 4 out of 9 games. This disappointing performance triggered widespread criticism, particularly targeting Babar Azam‘s captaincy. Despite leading in five multi-nation tournaments, Babar Azam hadn’t secured any trophies, with three of those instances occurring in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Under immense pressure, Babar Azam made a significant decision to step down from his captaincy duties. This pivotal moment marked the end of an era and paved the way for a fresh start for Pakistan cricket.
Pakistan Cricket Board wasted no time in appointing new leaders for the team. Shaheen Shah Afridi, the dynamic force behind Lahore Qalandars’ PSL title triumph, was named as the T20I captain. Simultaneously, Shan Masood took the reins as the test captain.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, known for his explosive performances on the field, brings a wealth of experience to the captaincy role. His successful leadership with the Lahore Qalandars in the PSL demonstrates his ability to guide a team to victory. The announcement was met with widespread approval, with fans and the cricket community expressing optimism for a brighter future under his leadership.
Following the announcement, Shaheen Shah Afridi took to Twitter to express his gratitude and excitement. His tweet read: “I am honoured and thrilled to lead our national T20 cricket team. Thank you to the Pakistan Cricket Board and fans for their trust and support. I’ll give my best to uphold the team spirit and bring glory to our nation on the cricket field. Our success lies in unity, trust, and relentless effort. We are not just a team; we are a brotherhood, a family. Together, we rise! #PakistanZindabad”
Shaheen Shah Afridi’s words reflect a new vision for Pakistan cricket. The emphasis on unity, trust, and relentless effort signifies a departure from the challenges faced in the previous captaincy. Under Afridi’s leadership, the team aims to forge a strong bond, not just as players but as a brotherhood and family, united in their pursuit of success on the cricket field.
As the new leadership takes charge, Pakistani cricket fans eagerly anticipates a revival of the team’s fortunes. The combination of Shaheen Shah Afridi’s on-field prowess and his inspirational leadership style is poised to breathe new life into the squad. However, some Pakistan fans are not happy. Babar Azam is obviously a fan favorite in Pakistan. Fans feel that Shaheen may have backstabbed Babar and got this on the basis of internal politics.
Pakistan Fans Hit Back At Shaheen Shah Afridi For Becoming T20I Captain