Pakistan’s premier fast bowler, Shaheen Afridi, has made headlines by declining the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) offer to serve as the vice-captain for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. This decision comes after the PCB reinstated Babar Azam as the captain of the white-ball squad, a position Shaheen had briefly held following Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the ICC World Cup 2023.

The selection committee, which had recommended Babar’s reinstatement, extended the vice-captaincy offer to Shaheen Afridi. However, sources close to the left-arm pacer confirmed his refusal.

Shaheen Afridi

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This move has shifted the focus onto potential candidates for the vice-captaincy, with wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan emerging as a strong contender. All-rounder Shadab Khan is also considered to be in the running for this pivotal role.

Shaheen Afridi’s decision not to accept the vice-captaincy is significant given his influence and performance in the team. His leadership was briefly seen when the PCB, under the chairmanship of Zaka Ashraf, appointed him as the white-ball captain following the team’s subpar performance in the 2023 World Cup.

His tenure as captain was short-lived, as the newly formed selection committee recommended a leadership change, bringing Babar Azam back into the captaincy role in March.

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With the T20 World Cup 2024 fast approaching, the PCB has announced the squad that will compete in the tournament, set to begin on June 1 in the United States and West Indies. The team is comprised of seasoned players and emerging talents, reflecting a balanced mix aimed at achieving success in the global event.

Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2024 Squad:

Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan,Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf

 

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