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Australian legend Ian Chappell delivers verdict on Pakistan captaincy chaos after Babar Azam’s exit

Following a lackluster ODI World Cup 2023 performance in India, Babar Azam‘s tenure as captain of the Pakistan cricket team concluded abruptly.

The backdrop of captaincy upheaval and new appointments

Despite optimistic expectations for a rebound post the disappointing Asia Cup, Pakistan’s fifth-place finish in the ten-team tournament led to Azam’s voluntary relinquishment of the captaincy. The subsequent appointments by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) saw Shan Masood taking charge for Tests and Shaheen Afridi for T20Is.

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Ian Chappell’s reflection on Pakistan’s captaincy legacy

The upcoming month brings Pakistan back into action as they embark on a challenging tour of Australia for a three-Test series commencing on December 14. In a recent discussion on the Wide World of Sports, legendary Australian cricketer turned commentator, Ian Chappell, expressed empathy for Azam, recognizing his excellence as a player. However, Chappell also alluded to the consistent trend of captaincy changes, deeming it as characteristic of Pakistan cricket.

“Yeah that’s a pity, I think Babar’s a very good player. He’s not leaving the Pakistan side and maybe they can find a better captain. But it’s typical of Pakistan, they change captains (frequently),” Chappell was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Historic opportunity for Pakistan under Shan Masood’s leadership in Australia

Under the new leadership of Masood, Pakistan faces the formidable challenge of guiding the team to victory in Australia. This opportunity presents a chance to etch the team’s name in the annals of cricketing history by becoming the first Pakistan side to secure a test-series win in Australia. The upcoming series will test Masood’s leadership skills and the team’s ability to adapt to the challenging conditions down under.

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