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Babar is our King, says vice-captain Shadab

Shadab and Baber

Shadab Khan stated on Thursday that Babar Azam was still the captain and was simply taking a break, dispelling any rumours that he was contending for the position.

Our captain, Babar Azam, is currently dozing off. After his Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Islamabad United was eliminated by Babar Azam-led Peshawar Zalmi, Shadab responded to a question during a post-match press conference by saying, “Babar Azam is the king, and I am his minister.

Shadab Khan was chosen by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lead the team in the three-match T20 series as Babar Azam and other senior players took a break.

The PCB’s move has given rise to speculations that the star batter may lose captaincy in one format and the board is testing players for the leadership role.

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Earlier, Shaheen Shah Afridi was tipped to lead the side,  however, after his cryptic tweet, the board appointed Shadab Khan as skipper for the Afghanistan series to be played in Sharjah.

When asked about the challenges in the UAE tour, Shadab said that the Afghan side was a good T20 team and is expecting a good series against them.

“We will have to play smart cricket with no fear,” said Shadab.

Shadab will be in charge of a team that is comparatively young because numerous PSL players are already on the roster.

To “maintain consistency,” the PCB has also named Mohammad Yousuf as the acting head coach and batting coach for the brief Sharjah tour in addition to the series.

Yousuf has worked at the National High-Performance Center and with the national team as a hitting instructor since last year.