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Mohsin Naqvi Discusses Babar Azam’s Captaincy Amid T20 World Cup Criticism

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi spoke candidly about Babar Azam’s future as the national team’s captain during a press conference in Lahore. While Naqvi did not directly mention Babar by name, he indicated that former cricketer and head coach Gary Kirsten would play a crucial role in deciding the captain’s fate.

Key Points from the Press Conference:

  1. No Immediate Decisions:
    • Naqvi emphasized that no decisions regarding Babar Azam’s captaincy have been made yet, stressing the importance of avoiding hasty actions, especially when emotions are high.
  2. Performance Criticism:
    • The remarks follow severe criticism of Pakistan’s performance in the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2024. The team failed to advance to the Super Eight stage, suffering a shocking loss to the United States and a defeat in a close match against India. Their victories against Ireland and Canada were also hard-fought.
  3. Leadership Accountability:
    • Naqvi hinted at holding the selection committee accountable for poor decisions, reflecting his dissatisfaction with their recent choices. He also mentioned ongoing discussions with head coach Gary Kirsten and assistant coach Azhar Mahmood regarding the team’s performance.
  4. Detailed Performance Report:
    • Gary Kirsten has submitted a comprehensive report on the team’s performance in the T20 World Cup, which is currently under review.
  5. Team Dynamics:
    • Naqvi acknowledged concerns about “grouping and politics” within the team and reiterated that player selection for the national side would be based strictly on domestic cricket performance.
  6. Focus on Improvement:
    • The PCB chairman stressed the need for thoughtful, strategic changes rather than impulsive decisions, aiming for the long-term betterment of Pakistan cricket.

Naqvi’s comments underline the challenges faced by the PCB in addressing the team’s underperformance and highlight a cautious approach to leadership decisions moving forward.

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