Following their disappointing campaign at the recent ODI World Cup in India, Pakistan cricket underwent significant changes. Babar Azam departure sparks leadership shifts and coaching considerations. Babar Azam, amidst intense criticism, stepped down as captain across all formats. The team, which managed only four wins in nine matches and suffered a shocking loss to Afghanistan, faced widespread backlash, prompting Azam’s decision.
Babar Azam departure sparks leadership shifts and coaching considerations
In the aftermath, Pakistan axed the entire management team that accompanied them to the World Cup. This shift also brought forth leadership changes, with Shan Masood appointed as the red-ball team’s captain and Shaheen Afridi taking over the T20I team’s reins.
Amidst these transformations, there’s been talk about potential coaching adjustments. Former India batsman Ajay Jadeja, who mentored Afghanistan during the World Cup, expressed readiness to consider coaching Pakistan. Drawing parallels between Pakistan’s situation and Afghanistan’s past, he highlighted the willingness to share his insights and adaptability to the role.
Furthermore, on the management front, Mohammad Hafeez assumed the role of Director of Cricket, while former pacer Wahab Riaz stepped in as the chairman of selectors. As Pakistan gears up for a series against Australia, including three Tests commencing on December 14 in Perth, their preparations involve a four-day game at the Manuka Oval in Canberra starting soon. These changes indicate a concerted effort to revitalize the team and its approach ahead of the upcoming challenges.