In recent cricket against Afghanistan, Pakistan lost its first series. Shadab stated that “now everyone would have realized the value of Babar and Rizwan” in one of the press conferences held during the aforementioned series.
Due to the board’s dissatisfaction with Shadab’s statement, there are currently discussions of having him removed from the role of vice-captain in the limited-overs format.
When challenged about this, a board representative stated that the performance of the Pakistani team under Shadab’s direction was not sufficient and that some of his choices were also not timely and accurate. Even while there has not been a final decision to remove him from the vice-captaincy position, if it is, the grounds for the decision will be cricket-related. As a captain, Shadab did not, however, obtain the players he desired. His opinion was not given serious thought by the selectors while selecting the squad. Also, he received very little notice of the change in captaincy. Shadab maintains that it is unfair to put all the blame for the loss on him.
Shan Masood is not an option for vice-captain, according to sources. Before, there was a dispute when he was named vice-captain for the home series against New Zealand. Babar and the top selector at the time, Shahid Afridi, did not even start him in the first games. Shan himself now prefers to focus on his playing rather than the captaincy.
A senior member of the board is in favor of Imad Wasim, but Babar does not like him. The PSL varied between the two of them. In the series against Afghanistan, Imad played well. During his guidance, the Karachi Kings succeeded in the PSL, placing fifth out of six teams, which was not satisfying.
Shaheen Shah Afridi is a strong candidate to take over as vice-captain, according to other sources. He has made Lahore Qalandars the champion of PSL for two years in succession. It’s fascinating to note that the captaincy cycle is now being swung by half the team. Babar Azam was stopped by the board, and Shan was appointed as his replacement without consultation. Babar is not pleased with the current circumstances, but he is remaining quiet to prevent a confrontation.
When asked about this, former Test wicketkeeper Rashid Latif stated that there is currently a great deal of doubt about the captaincy. This issue should soon be solved by PCB.