Babar Azam after leading Pakistan for four years, decided to step down as a captain. He has been given the opportunity to lead after Sarfaraz Khan’s term in 2019. Under him, Pakistan became No.1 ODI team and entered finals of T201 CWC in Australia. But in CWC 2023, the team lost to Afghanistan and struggled to play proper ODI cricket in comparison with other teams.
This made PCB completely scrap current Selection Committe after Chief Selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq resignation. Babar Azam faced many comments on his captaincy and playing style as well. Under immense pressure, he could not play at his normal level. This also provoked him to take such a decision.
Babar Azam in his letter announcing his decision, remembered the moment he got captaincy. He wrote, “I vividly remember the moment when I received the call from PCB to lead Pakistan in 2019. Over the past 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.
Later he talked about the achievements of his tenure. He wrote, “Reaching the number 1 spot in the white-ball format was a result of the collective efforts 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.”
Then, he announced his decision, “Today, I am stepping down as the captain of Pakistan in all formats. It’s a difficult decision but I feel it is a right time for this call.”
He confirmed that he would not retire any time soon but will be available for selection. He wrote, “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.”
He concluded by saying, “I want to express my sincere thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board for entrusting me with this significant responsibility. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD”
PCB wanted him to continue as Test captain for at least Australia series. As Pakistan needs to rebuild, Babar Azam stated that it would be better to go further under new leadership. It is heard that PCB tried hard to convince him but agreed to his decision as their premium batsman did not want to overburden himself.