Pakistan are already out of the ODI World Cup 2023. Babar Azam's side lost the last game against defending champions England at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The former players and experts have criticised the team and the captain as well. Babar's captaincy has been questioned after the poor form of the team and he himself also let the team down with his batting performances and lost his No.1 ODI spot as well.
There are speculations that the 29-year-old batter might leave the captaincy for the Men in Green. Former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has stated that he met with Babar Azam ahead of England's match in Kolkata. The former Pakistan cricket captain stated that Babar Azam was not in a good mood.
As per the reports, he has submitted his case to the Pakistan Cricket Board, led by Zaka Ashraf, for a decision on his future. Imam ul Haq, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Haris Rauf are players considered to be close to the Pakistan skipper.
The players are under massive media glare: Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja said, "I met Babar yesterday. He was very down. The players are under massive media glare. Things can be cold and ruthless. I don't know whether he wants to lead Pakistan. I think he will make a call once he lands in Pakistan. More than Babar Azam leading them, it's more about how this team wants to be led. What about the system, how do they approach the white ball cricket? What are the fault lines, where are they so irrelevant at times."
As per the source, "Babar has already spoken to his teammates, and the majority of them advised him not to step down himself. He will come out with a clear line of action once he returns home with the team after failing to make the semi-finals of the World Cup in India. But, he will not step down himself."
The source added, "He will most probably leave the decision of whether he should remain captain or not up to the Pakistan Cricket Board headed by Zaka Ashraf."