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World Cup 2023: Shaheen Afridi prone to be named ‘vice-captain’ | Topurdu

Shaheen Afridi poses in his signature fashion after sending Rohit Sharma again to the pavilion throughout a match towards India in Asia Cup 2023, on September 2, 2023. — AFP

KARACHI: In a major flip of occasions, the Pakistan cricket crew is prone to get a brand new vice-captain within the type of left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi who to date has emerged because the front-runner for the important thing put up.

Following the Inexperienced Shirts’ below-par performances towards arch-rivals India and Sri Lanka within the not too long ago concluded Asia Cup 2023, skipper Babar Azam has been below scrutiny for his captaincy throughout the event.

Azam has not solely confronted criticism for his captaincy throughout the event however his resolution to incorporate vice-captain Shadab Khan persistently into the taking part in XI regardless of dangerous type has raised questions over his decision-making.

Vice-captain Shadab Khan goes by way of a foul patch in each the bowling and batting departments.

Statistics point out that he took six wickets at a median of 40.83 in 5 matches throughout the Asia Cup 2023. Captain Babar Azam has been below scrutiny for persistently deciding on Shadab Khan for the crew.

In mild of this, Pakistan’s left-arm quick bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi — who has 255 worldwide wickets to his title and has twice received the coveted Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) trophy in 2022 and 2023 — is prone to be appointed because the crew’s vice-captain changing Shadab Khan.

Shaheen Shah Afridi’s management qualities have been on show within the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL), the place he led the Lahore Qalandars franchise to consecutive titles in 2022 and 2023.

The left-arm pacer has represented Pakistan in 27 checks, 44 one-day internationals (ODI) and 52 T20Is and has 255 worldwide wickets to his title. 

Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Administration Committee Zaka Ashraf is weighing his choices about any attainable change within the crew’s management

The ultimate resolution over any change within the crew’s management rests with the PCB administration committee chairman who’s unlikely to exchange Babar Azam because the crew’s captain earlier than the mega occasion. Nonetheless, chances are high that Shaheen Afridi may possible exchange Shadab Khan as Azam’s second-in-command.

Earlier it was reported that the crew administration together with chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and skipper Babar Azam are actually contemplating making adjustments to the 15-member squad for the mega occasion.

Sources say that in mild of the crew’s current efficiency, the probabilities of Mohammad Haris, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Faheem Asraf making the World Cup squad look bleak.

In the meantime, Hassan Ali and right-arm leg-break spinner Abrar Ahmed are prone to be included within the 15-member squad.

Pakistan’s potential 15-member-squad for the World Cup may appear to be this; Babar Azam (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdulla Shafiq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hassan Ali, Zaman Khan.

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