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Babar Azam Likely To Step Down As Pakistan Captain After World Cup: Report


Pakistan are just a win away from missing out on the final semi-final spot.© AFP

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is likely to retire from white-ball cricket captaincy after his return from India. Pakistan are just a win away from missing out on the final semi-final spot. Even if they manage to win, they must do so by a high margin of victory. According to a report on GEO News, Babar consulted former Pakistan cricketer and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja and people close to him about his future.

The Geo News report also said that Babar’s decision to continue with the captaincy would depend on the advice he gets from the public, while some of his close aides suggested that he step down from the captaincy in all three formats.

Ahead of Pakistan’s final against England, Babar was asked when he would decide on his captaincy during Friday’s pre-match press conference, to which he replied, “As for the captaincy – as I said , when we were going back to Pakistan or after this game, we will see what will happen. But right now, I’m not focusing on this; my focus is on the next game.”

He also denied that the captaincy had an impact on his form in the World Cup, as he struggled to get runs on the board.

“I’ve been the captain of my team for the last three years, and I’ve never felt like this. It’s because I haven’t performed as I should have in the World Cup, that’s why people saying that I am under pressure. I am not under any pressure. I have been doing this for the last 2.5 or 3 years. I was the one who was performing, and I was the captain. The same thing was being put in force,” Babar told him.

England and Pakistan clash at the iconic Eden Gardens on Saturday.

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