Babar Azam has been appointed as Pakistan Take a look at captain, which now makes him the captain throughout all three codecs. His first project will probably be to captain Pakistan within the ICC World Take a look at Championship fixtures in opposition to New Zealand, which will probably be performed in Mount Maunganui and Christchurch from 26-30 December and 3-7 January, respectively.
Babar replaces Azhar Ali, who final captained Pakistan in opposition to England this summer time.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani confirmed the appointment following a gathering with Azhar Ali on Tuesday night through which he additionally thanked him for his contributions as a captain. The PCB Chairman subsequently spoke with Babar Azam following his aspect’s eight wickets within the third T20I in opposition to Zimbabwe and congratulated him on his appointment.
Ehsan Mani: “I wish to thank Azhar Ali for stepping up final 12 months by captaining the aspect in what was a historic first dwelling Take a look at sequence in over a decade. I imagine Azhar nonetheless has a number of cricket left in him and Pakistan cricket can proceed to make the perfect use of his expertise and data as a specialist top-order batsman transferring ahead.
“Babar Azam was recognized at a really younger age as a future chief and as a part of his development and growth, he was appointed white-ball captain final 12 months. Together with his constant efficiency and management expertise, he has demonstrated that he’s able to tackle the extra obligations of a captain.
“As we’re wanting into the longer term, it’s acceptable that we appoint him the captain now in order that he continues to develop stronger with each match. I want Babar all the perfect and stay optimistic that he’ll assist Pakistan cricket make an upward motion throughout all codecs not solely by means of his efficiency but additionally along with his optimistic perspective and result-oriented strategy.”
Babar Azam: “I really feel actually honored to have been appointed Take a look at captain and be part of a few of the most iconic gamers who’ve captained Pakistan within the purist format of the sport. I can now say with conviction that goals can come true provided that you chase them with honesty, dedication and dedication.
“I’m prepared and ready to take up the extra duty and the actual fact which provides me further confidence is that I can do the job is the expertise that’s obtainable to me within the altering room within the form of the gamers and help employees.
“I wish to thank Azhar Ali for the way in which he captained the staff within the final season, which was a tough one, however I do know that he’ll depart no stone unturned in giving his best possible to the staff.”