Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday, appointed Babar Azam as Pakistan’s Test captain replacing Azhar Ali as the test team skipper.
Babar Azam’s appointment as Pakistan Test Cricket Team captain has elevated him as the cricket team captain across all three formats namely; test, one-day international (ODIs) and T20Is.
His first assignment will be to captain Pakistan in the ICC World Test Championship fixtures against New Zealand, which will be played in Mount Maunganui and Christchurch from 26-30 December and 3-7 January, respectively.
“Babar Azam was identified at a very young age as a future leader and as part of his progression and development, he was appointed white-ball captain last year. With his consistent performance and leadership skills, he has demonstrated that he is ready to take on the additional responsibilities of a captain,” said PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani.
I wish Babar all the best and remain optimistic that he will help Pakistan cricket make an upward movement across all formats not only through his performance but also with his positive attitude and result-oriented approach, he added.
Ehsan Mani also expressed gratitude to Azhar Ali for stepping up last year by captaining the side in what was a historic first home Test series in over a decade.
Meanwhile, commenting on the appointment Babar Azam expressed gratitude and reiterated his commitment to fulfil his responsibilities to the letter.
“I can now say with conviction that dreams can come true only if you chase them with honesty, dedication and commitment. I am ready and prepared to take up the additional responsibility and the fact which gives me additional confidence is that I can do the job is the experience that is available to me in the changing room in the shape of the players and support staff,” said Babar.