Head coach Saqlain Mushtaq in the meeting, accompanied the captain. On the other hand, Shahid Afridi was accompanied by the entire selection committee, featuring former players: Abdul Razzaq, Haroon Rashid, and Rao Iftikhar Anjum.
Ever since the removal of Ramiz Raja as PCB chairman, it seems like many controversies have been made concerning the current Pakistan management and the selection committee.
Some outlets had reported that Pakistan's ODI squad against New Zealand was announced without taking the opinion of the Pakistan captain, which made Babar Azam unhappy.
After the first Test against the Black Caps, the new Peshawar Zalmi captain was asked about reported tensions between him and the former Pakistan all-rounder. However, Babar Azam quickly denied it and said that everyone wants to work for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.
After the meeting, Shahid Afridi spoke to the media, saying that their priority was to make the matches entertaining for the fans. He believes that the matches should be enjoyable, which will attract fans and fill up stadiums. The former skipper also talked about the importance of having quality pitches to make the matches enjoyable.
Shahid Afridi has said that before he leaves his role, he wants to ensure that Pakistan has two sides going into each tour. He believes the lack of depth within the side is one of the main reasons Pakistan has underperformed in red-ball cricket.
Pakistan are set to play their first match of 2023 against New Zealand in the 2nd Test. The first Test was drawn after a series of rollercoaster events during the five-day period. Pakistan didn't win a Test on their home turf in 2022, with their only Test win of 2022 coming in the first Test against Sri Lanka in July.
Babar Azam's Future in 2023
Babar Azam’s future as captain in all three formats has become under discussion following a 3-0 Test series loss against England last month. Although his future as captain remains in the air under the new regime, there is no doubt that we'll see many delightful shots coming from his bat.
After the second Test, Babar Azam will play PSL, where he captains and plays for Peshawar Zalmi for the first time in his career.
Babar Azam will return to international duty instantly, once the league ends, to lead the team in five ODIs and five T20s against New Zealand.
In July, the Greens will travel to Sri Lanka to play two Tests before heading to Afghanistan to play three ODIs.
In September, the Asia Cup will begin in Pakistan, the first edition in the country since 2008. It remains to be seen whether India will come to Pakistan for the continental tournament.
In October, Babar Azam will lead the team in the 50-over World Cup for the first time in his career. The 28-year-old has captained the Greens in two World T20s, finishing as semi-finalist and runners-up, respectively.
Moreover, the right-handed batsman had a pretty successful 2019 World Cup with the bat, where he scored a cracking century against New Zealand.
Because there will be pressure from his supporters and the tournament is in India, it is arguably the biggest tournament of his career.
Although the Greens won't be the favourites going into the World Cup, they have been highly consistent in the continental and world tournaments under Babar Azam. Hence, you cannot write them off without any reason.
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