Shahid Afridi asks Babar Azam to retire from T20I captaincy

Following Babar Azam's declining performances throughout the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, many cricket experts and analysts have been raising their voices to remove him as the T20I captain. While determining the root of his below-par batting showcases, they believe the captaincy load is the primary culprit behind, and former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi is also of the same view. 

He assumes that lowering unnecessary pressure on him for overseeing all format's leadership might result in increased performance. According to Shahid, retiring from T20I captaincy would be an ideal decision. The flamboyant all-rounder thinks that the team has plenty of leadership options, such as Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, and Shadab Khan, who are the best suits for the T20I captaincy. 

“Babar Azam should quit the T20I captaincy and focus on his batting. We have other players who can lead the T20I team, like Shadab, Rizwan, and even Shan.”

Notably, despite Azam's deteriorating performances throughout the all-important event, he has risen to number third T20I batter as ICC updated its players' rankings a day ago. Also, it is pertinent to mention here that in a short span, Azam has proved himself as the most successful T20I skipper of Pakistan, winning 44 out of 60 matches.

Reaching the ICC t20 World Cup 2021 semifinal, Asia Cup 2022 final, and World Cup 2022 final, that too in a row, is no less than an achievement that Azam has come across. Opined that terming him as a poor skipper won't be justified for him.

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