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Shaheen Afridi’s Captaincy At Risk After PSL Performance

Shaheen Afridi's Captaincy At Risk After PSL Performance

Pakistan’s renowned fast bowler and T20 captain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, faces uncertainty regarding his captaincy as the latest season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) unfolds.

Despite successfully leading Lahore Qalandars to victory in the last two PSL tournaments, the team’s performance this season has taken a downturn, resulting in just one win and a bottom-place finish on the points table.

Read more: Shaheen Shah Afridi Pledges To Maintain Team Unity

Reports suggest that the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Mohsin Naqvi, is contemplating a change in leadership. Some argue that, at 23, Shaheen may lack the necessary maturity for the role, while others express concerns about potentially disrupting team dynamics ahead of the upcoming World Cup.

The final decision rests with the chairman, and if a change in leadership is decided, Muhammad Rizwan emerges as a likely candidate for captaincy. However, Babar Azam remains a contender as well. Chairman Naqvi has yet to hold individual discussions with Shaheen or other players, opting instead for collective meetings post-PSL.

As Pakistan’s series against New Zealand approaches, a decision on the captaincy is imminent. Former cricketer Wasim Akram advocates for careful consideration in selecting the captain, highlighting the importance of a sustained tenure to drive improvements in Pakistan cricket. The cricket community eagerly awaits the decision, recognizing the significant impact the captaincy has on the team’s performance and overall dynamics.