Babar Azam on Wednesday (November 15) announced his decision to step down as Pakistan captain in all formats of the game.
The decision came in the wake of Pakistan’s dismal World Cup 2023 campaign. The Men in Green failed to qualify for the semi-final as they lost five out of their nine league-stage matches.
"I vividly remember the moment when I received the call from PCB to lead Pakistan in 2019. Over the past four years, I've experienced many highs and lows on and off the field, but I wholeheartedly and passionately aimed to maintain Pakistan's pride and respect in the cricket world," Babar said in a statement shared on social media platform X.
"Reaching the No. 1 spot in the white-ball format was a result of the collective efforts of players, coaches, and management but I'd like to express my gratitude to passionate Pakistan cricket fans for their unwavering support during this journey,” he added.
“Today, I am stepping down as the captain of Pakistan in all formats. It's a difficult decision but I feel it is a right time for this call. I will continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats. I am here to support the new captain and the team with my experience and dedication. I want to express my sincere thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board for entrusting me with this significant responsibility,” he concluded.
On a personal front, Babar Azam came into the World Cup as a No. 1 ODI batter but he failed to live up to the expectations. In nine innings, the right-hander amassed 320 runs at an average of 40 and a strike rate of 82.90.
Babar is now expected to be seen in action during the tour of Australia, where they will play three Tests from December 14 to January 7.