Shadab Khan faces setback from PCB
The Asia Cup has revealed potential opportunities for Shahin Shah Afridi to become the vice captain due to the team's incomplete performance. After the Asia Cup cricket tournament, the national team is set to face its next major challenge in India from October 5th in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Questions were raised about the style of their captaincy during the crucial matches against India in the Asia Cup, which prompted discussions about the leadership of all three formats of the Pakistan team, led by Babar Azam. Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf, the Chairman of the PCB, has been dealing with various issues related to the board, including the defeat in the Asia Cup. However, whether to retain or remove the captain is a decision that solely rests with the Chairman.
According to reports, Chairman Management Committee Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf is considering the decision of retaining or removing Babar Azam from the captaincy ahead of the World Cup. Still, there have been no indications of Babar Azam's removal from the captaincy before the World Cup.
However, it has been decided to replace Shadab Khan as the vice-captain of the One Day and T20 teams with Shadab Khan. In the Asia Cup's five matches, left-arm fast bowler Shadab Khan, who has taken 6 wickets at an average of 40.83, is currently out of form.
Still, Captain Babar Azam has been facing intense criticism for consistently including him in the eleven-member team. Now, it is reported that Shahin Shah Afridi, Pakistan's most important player and fast bowler, is a strong possibility to replace Shadab Khan as the vice-captain.
Shahin Shah Afridi, a left-handed fast bowler who has played 27 Tests, 44 One Day Internationals, and 52 T20 matches, has taken 255 international wickets. Under Shahin Shah Afridi's leadership, Lahore Qalandars, a franchise of the Pakistan Super League, achieved the honor of becoming champions in consecutive years in 2022 and 2023.