The classy batsman of Pakistan, Babar Azam will now lead his side in all formats of the game. Today the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Babar Azam as the new Test captain of Pakistan. The 26-year-old has replaced Azhar Ali who was leading Pakistan in the longest format of the game.
Babar Azam is surely the future of Pakistan cricket and it was just a matter of time before he took over the captaincy reins from Azhar Ali in Test cricket. Last year in October he came Pakistan’s white-ball captain after erratic performances of Pakistan under Sarfaraz Ahmed.
PCB Announces Babar Azam As New Test Captain
Meanwhile, under Azhar Ali, Pakistan struggled in overseas conditions and wasn’t able to earn the tag of a successful Test side. Plus the batting form of Azhar too faded away and he looked a pale shadow of himself. However, he did score a fighting hundred against England in the last Test this year but PCB has now made their star batsman Babar Azam their new Test skipper.
Today PCB confirmed the news of appointing Babar Azam as Test skipper on it’s official Twitter handle. Babar’s first assignment as Test leader will a difficult one when his side tours New Zealand for a 2 Test match series later this year.
“Babar Azam has been appointed as Pakistan Test captain, which now makes him the captain across all three formats. His first assignment will be to captain Pakistan in the ICC World Test Championship fixtures against New Zealand,” wrote PCB.
📰 @babarazam258 appointed Test captain
— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) November 10, 2020
At present Babar is widely regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. In the last few years, the elegant batsman has taken his batting to another level. Since the 2019 cricket world, he was groomed as the future captain of Pakistan in all formats and the time has finally arrived.
“I feel truly honoured to have been appointed Test captain and join some of the most iconic players who have captained Pakistan in the purist format of the game. I can now say with conviction that dreams can come true only if you chase them with honesty”, Babar Azam said after becoming the new Test captain of Pakistan.