The Pakistan Cricket Board has reinstated their superstar batsman Babar Azam as the white-ball captain just a few months before the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 begins. The T20 showpiece event is set to take place in West Indies and the USA from June 2, 2024.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made the announcement public through their social media handles. As per reports, the appointment of Babar Azam as the captain came after a unanimous recommendation from the PCB's selection committee. PCB posted a photo of Babar Azam on their official X (formerly Twitter) account, and caption it “Pakistan ODI and T20I Captain”.

“Chairman PCB Mohsin Naqvi has appointed Babar Azam as white-ball (ODI and T20I) captain of the Pakistan men's cricket team,” PCB confirmed on social media.

Azam stepped down from Pakistan's captaincy role after the team's disastrous performance during the 2023 Men's ODI World Cup which was held in India. Pakistan managed to win just four out of nine matches during the World Cup league stage, finishing 5th on the table and failed to qualify for the knockout rounds.

With Babar Azam stepping down, Shaheen Shah Afridi was chosen as Pakistan's T20I captain, while Shan Masood took on the role of leading the team in red-ball cricket.

Afridi was chosen as the T20I captain due to his impressive performances in the Pakistan Super League, where he guided Lahore Qalandars to back-to-back titles in 2022 and 2023.

However, Shaheen failed to impress as captain of Pakistan team. In his first task which was a five-match T20I series in New Zealand, the team managed to win just one game, losing 1-4.

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