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Babar Azam reveals his honest discussion with Shadab Khan



Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, opened up about his candid conversation with Shadab Khan following the all-rounder’s struggles during the recently concluded 2023 Asia Cup. 

During a pre-departure conference held in Lahore, Babar expressed his commitment to supporting players like Shadab during their challenging phases, emphasizing the importance of standing by them even when they face performance dips.

 “I had a one-to-one chat and discussion with Shadab Khan about his performance and I believe we have to back performers like him on their bad days. I agree we have not taken wickets in middle but it is the same guys who used to do well for. I believe in all of them,” Babar said during the pre-departure conference on Tuesday in Lahore.


Babar believes that maintaining stability within the squad can lead to improved performance over time, citing past successes as evidence. He expressed confidence in the team’s ability to excel in future tournaments.

“You see I don’t make a lot of changes and when you keep the players together they start performing well. We have performed well before and we are confident to do well now,” he added.

The captain further stressed the importance of a core group of players within the team, indicating that around six to seven individuals form the backbone of the side.

“When you assemble a team you know there is a core of players. Six to seven players are the ones who can do the job effectively. I know what is the core of this team and will look to do well,” he concluded.


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Shadab Khan opens up about Babar Azam’s resignation from captaincy




Pakistan all-rounder, Shadab Khan, has expressed his perspective on Babar Azam’s recent choice to relinquish the captaincy across all formats of the national cricket team.

In an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan, Shadab conveyed his admiration for Babar’s decision and conveyed his heartfelt best wishes. 

The leg-spinner also shared positive sentiments regarding the newly appointed T20I captain for the national side, Shaheen Shah Afridi.


“Look, everyone has their own decision, and Babar has stepped down. We send him our best wishes. We’ve had a great time with him as the captain for Pakistan. Now, Shaheen has taken on the role, and we’re excited about it. We’ve witnessed his [Shaheen’s] captaincy in the PSL, and it feels great. Let’s see how it goes playing under his captaincy for the first time; it will give an idea of how much fun it is, and I am very excited to play under Shaheen’s captaincy,” Shadab said.

On November 15th, Babar relinquished his captaincy following a meeting with Zaka Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee.

After stepping down, Shan Masood was appointed as the Test captain of the Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team, and Shaheen Shah Afridi was named as the T20I captain by the PCB.

Shaheen’s first task as the T20I captain for the Men in Green side will be leading the team against New Zealand in a five-match T20 series scheduled to take place from January 12 to January 21, 2024.

Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series schedule:

  • January 12: New Zealand vs Pakistan – First T20I in Auckland
  • January 14: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Second T20I in Hamilton
  • January 17: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Third T20I in Dunedin
  • January 19: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Fourth T20I in Christchurch
  • January 21: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Fifth T20I in Christchurch