Shan Masood appointed as Test captain, Shaheen Afirdi to lead T20I side: PCB

Shan Masood appointed as Test captain, Shaheen Afirdi to lead T20I side: PCB

Lahore (Web Desk): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday appointed Shan Masood as Test skipper, while pacer Shaheen Afridi has been appointed as captain for the T20I format while a decision regarding One-Day International (ODI) format will be made later.

 The development comes shortly after Babar Azam on Wednesday announced to resign as captain of national cricket team in formats.

In a statement on social media platform X, (formerly Twitter) Babar 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.”

Azam said that reaching the number one spot in white-ball cricket was the 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”.

 "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 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," Babar said.

The announcement came following Babar's meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.