Saqlain Mushtaq to step down as Pakistan head coach after New Zealand series, Babar Azam to lose his Test captaincy

The source added that Babar Azam would continue to lead Pakistan in limited overs and he would be removed from Test captaincy in July of next year.

Saqlain Mushtaq to step down as Pakistan head coach after New Zealand series, Babar Azam to lose his Test captaincy

The source added that Babar Azam would continue to lead Pakistan in limited overs and he would be removed from Test captaincy in July of next year.
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Pakistan cricket is expected to undergo a transformation after their recent 0-3 humiliation at home against England in the Test series. It has been reported that the current Pakistan head coach Saqlain Mushtaq might step down from his role. Moreover, Babar Azam also will be axed from Test captaincy.

Saqlain Mushtaq to step down as Pakistan head coach after New Zealand series, Babar Azam to lose his Test captaincy | Sportz Point
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The report further states that Saqlain is expected to leave after the conclusion of the upcoming home Test series against New Zealand starting Monday, December 26.

“A high-level meeting was held in the office of the PCB chairman Ramiz Raja at the Gaddafi Stadium in which chief selector, Mohammad Wasim also participated.”

according to a source quoted as saying by NDTV

“Every aspect of the team, selection matters, the captaincy, and Saqlain’s role were discussed threadbare in the nearly three-hour-long meeting,” the source added.

Furthermore, the source added that Babar Azam would continue to lead Pakistan in limited overs. He would be removed from Test captaincy in July of next year.

“A lot of discussions have been held on Babar’s future as Test captain and it was decided to maintain the status quo for now.” 

“But what is decided is that in July Babar will be changed as Test captain,” the source said.

Meanwhile, former middle-order batter Ramiz Raja has been reportedly sacked as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman and Najam Sethi has taken over the reins from him.

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Under Babar Azam’s captaincy, Pakistan has suffered two successive home Test series defeats

Under Babar Azam, Pakistan has suffered two successive home Test series defeats this year and has lost four of their last home matches. Prior to this 0-3 drubbing, Pakistan had lost 0-1 to Australia in a three-match Test series earlier this year.

Nonetheless, Babar has taken Pakistan cricket to newer heights in white-ball cricket. He had led them to the semis of the last year’s T20 World Cup and the finals of this year’s Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup where they faltered at the final hurdle against Sri Lanka and England respectively.

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