Babar Azam Reinstated as Captain of Pakistan's White-Ball Cricket Team.

In a significant move, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that Babar Azam has been appointed as the captain of the Pakistan side in white-ball cricket once again, taking over from Shaheen Shah Afridi. This decision comes after Babar's brief hiatus from captaincy, with the PCB desiring a change in leadership.

Babar had reluctantly stepped down as captain in November, making way for Afridi's appointment. However, after a series of events, the PCB has now reinstated Babar as the captain for both ODI and T20I formats with a unanimous recommendation from the selection committee led by Chairman PCB Mohsin Naqvi.

Babar's return to captaincy carries significant importance, especially considering the circumstances of his previous ouster post the World Cup. Seeking assurances from the PCB, Babar ensured that he would not face arbitrary removal post the T20I World Cup in June, along with requesting more authority in matters of selection.

The decision to appoint Afridi as captain for a single series raised doubts about his leadership capabilities, particularly after Pakistan's poor performance in the T20I series against New Zealand, losing 4-1, and Lahore Qalandars' struggles in the PSL, winning just one game out of ten.

Babar's first task as captain will be to lead Pakistan in a five-match T20I home series against New Zealand next month. His reappointment marks a pivotal moment for Pakistan cricket, with hopes pinned on his leadership to guide the team towards success in the upcoming challenges.

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