Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set for another leadership shake-up, reported ARY News. After a period of experimentation, Babar Azam is poised to return as captain for both ODIs and T20Is.

This move comes after Shaheen Afridi’s short stint as T20I captain. Shaheen, who took over the reins following Pakistan’s disappointing World Cup 2023 campaign, struggled to find success. A poor 4-1 series loss to New Zealand and a lackluster performance with the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) seem to have influenced the decision.

While Babar’s return brings back a familiar face, the news doesn’t end there. Wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan, previously considered a captaincy contender, is now expected to be named Babar’s deputy. This would fill the void left by Shadab Khan, who served as Babar’s vice-captain across formats before the recent changes.

The upcoming leadership announcement comes amidst a crucial five-match T20I series against New Zealand at home, currently led by Babar. With the T20 World Cup 2024 just around the corner (starting June 1st), PCB seems to prioritize experienced leadership for the mega-event.

Reports suggest Shaheen isn’t thrilled with the decision, but skipper Babar has recently refuted rumors of any rift between them.

Pakistan’s cricketing calendar is packed before the World Cup, with tours to Ireland and England for T20I series scheduled. The official announcement regarding Rizwan’s vice-captaincy is expected in the coming days. This reshuffle signifies PCB’s search for stability and experience as they aim for glory in the upcoming World Cup.

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