Najam Sethi, the head of the PCB management committee, assured Babar Azam that he will captain Pakistan in the upcoming limited-overs series against New Zealand.
Sethi used Twitter to put an end to recent media rumors regarding the selection of certain players and the captaincy.
“Today, Babar Azam visited me. I told him that he would captain the U.S. squad against New Zealand in the ODI and T20 matches. The teams were then announced by @TheRealPCB. Thus, everyone who spread false fears has lost their jobs as of today “Sethi posted on his Twitter on Tuesday.
This means that after a period of rest during the Afghanistan series, Babar will resume his regular duties as captain during the ODI and T20I series against New Zealand. Shadab will revert to his previous role as vice-captain after leading the team against Afghanistan.
The team will meet up in Lahore on April 6 and the training camp will start on April 7.
T20I: Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ihsanullah, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, and Zaman Khan. Babar Azam, as captain, Shadab Khan, as vice-cap
ODI: Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, and Usama Mir. Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Ihsanullah, Imam-ul
Schedule for the series
(T20Is will begin at 9 p.m.; ODIs will start at 3 p.m.):
- 1st T20I, Lahore, 14 April
- 2nd T20I, Lahore, 15 April
- 3rd T20I, Lahore, 17 April
- 4th T20I, Rawalpindi, April 20
- 5th T20I, Rawalpindi, 24 April
- 1st ODI, Rawalpindi, 27 April
- 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi, 29 April
- 3rd ODI, May 3, Karachi
- 4th ODI, Karachi, May 5.
- 5th ODI, Karachi, 7 May