‘PCB Must Have One Captain for All Formats to Give Clear Message to Players’: Shahid Afridi


Former Pakistan captain Babar Azam (AFP Image)

Former Pakistan captain Babar Azam (AFP Image)

Shahid Afridi suggested that PCB should give the team a clear message about who is in charge of the side by naming one skipper for all formats.

Former skipper Shahid Afridi has suggested that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should re-introduce one captain policy across all formats. Premier batter Babar Azam, who was Pakistan’s all-format skipper, relinquished his position after Pakistan’s underwhelming show in the ODI World Cup 2023. After his resignation, PCB appointed Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shan Masood as the T20 and Test skipper respectively. They are yet to name their ODI skipper.

Afridi, who is very vocal about his views and opinions, suggested that PCB should give the team a clear message about who is in charge of the side by naming one skipper for all formats.

“The PCB must have one captain for all formats and there is no need to have a vice-captain. This will give a clear message to all players who is in charge,” Afridi told reporters here.

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Expressing support for team director Mohammad Hafeez, the 46-year-old said the captain and team management should get at least three-year contracts.

“If you think Muhammad Hafeez is good then don’t just judge him on one series give him proper time and the same should apply to the captain as well he should be there for three years.”

Afridi added that players in The T20 squad should be given a long run ahead of the World Cup later this year.

“The World T20 Cup is going to be a very tough tournament this year with some very strong teams in the hunt for the title. I also don’t think this is the time to make any changes in the format squad,” he said.

Pakistan suffered a humiliating 1-4 defeat to New Zealand in a five-match T20I series earlier this month. It was Shaheen’s first assignment as the T20I skipper but the team failed to put up a collective effort in the first four T20Is.

“We just need to continue with the same group of players and give them confidence. But yes I would like to see Fakhar Zaman and Saim Ayub open the batting in T20s,” he said.



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