Pakistan limited-overs skipper Babar Azam began his captaincy reign last year in Australia when he led the men in green in the three-match T20 series. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed Babar Azam with an eye to the 2020 T20 World Cup which now stands postponed. Nevertheless, the PCB is expected to extend his tenure as skipper.
Babar Azam replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as the T20 captain after Pakistan, who was the then number one side, suffered a whitewash at home to Sri Lanka. The decision to appoint the 25-year old has so far yielded mixed returns. In eight matches that he has captained, the men in green have won three and lost as many while two of them produced no results. Babar captained Pakistan to a 1-1 draw in England recently.
Meanwhile, Azam is likely to walk as the captain of Pakistan for the 2021 T20 World Cup, slated to take place in India. According to trusted sources, the right-handed batsman will mostly lead the side in the upcoming T20 World Cup; however, an official announcement is yet to happen. Currently, the number one T20I batsman is captaining the Central Punjab side in the ongoing National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi.
Babar Azam to begin his One-day international captaincy this month:
The PCB handed the 25-year old the reins of the ODI side this May when announcing the central contracts. Babar Azam will commence his reign as the ODI captain this October when Pakistan face Zimbabwe in a three-match series at home. It will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, serving as a qualification path for the 2023 World Cup.