Babar Azam is expected to lose his position as captain of the red ball by next July, Saqlain Mushtaq also to resign

According to a report by PTI, Babar Azam could be sacked as Pakistan’s Test captain by July next year after the recent shutout against England. The report also added that their head coach Saqlain Mushtaq will step down after the test series against New Zealand in January.

Pakistan’s Test squad have been going through a tough time recently as they were whitewashed by England in a three-game Test series. They were criticized by many after the loss and Babar Azam may face consequences from the result according to a report by PTI. The report revealed that Babar Azam could lose his captaincy by July next year as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is unhappy with the recent results.

A PCB source revealed that a high-level meeting was held with PCB chairman Ramiz Raza, which was also attended by head coach Mohammad Wasim.

“A high-level meeting was held in the office of PCB chairman Ramiz Raja at Gaddafi Stadium, which was also attended by head coach Mohammad Wasim,” PTI quoted the PCB source as saying.

Babar also became the first Pakistani captain to lose four successive home Tests in a calendar year following the Test series against England. PCB recently announced the team for the New Zealand series and Babar has been named skipper, but the script could change for the future series. The Test Captain position could go to Shan Masood or Mohammad Rizwan, but the PCB doesn’t want to take any steps in that direction at this time as the move could impact team morale.

The source confirmed the development stating that Babar will be removed from his post in July.

“There have been many discussions about Babar’s future as test captain and it has been decided to maintain the status quo for the time being. But what is decided is that in July Babar will be changed as test captain,” he explained.

Notably, according to several media outlets, Ramiz Raja has been sacked as PCB Chairman and an official announcement could be made very soon.

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