“Babar’s advice saved Shadab’s vice-captaincy.”

“Shadab Khan managed to retain his vice-captaincy by a thread during his tour, as selectors admitted to not resting him before the World Cup, based on advice from Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam. However, his star appeared to have dimmed as he soldiered on.”

“Imad Wasim was left out of the ODI squad despite being part of the T20I squad, reportedly because the captain did not support his inclusion.”
“PCB had planned to rest Shadab Khan during the home series against New Zealand, according to reports.”
“He was given the responsibility of captaining the team in the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan. However, the team lost all the matches, resulting in a disappointing outcome.”

“During a press conference, Shadab Khan emphasized the crucial role of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in providing rest to players. He stated that their absence made people realize their importance.”
“The higher authorities were unhappy with Shadab’s statement, and it triggered a social media frenzy after news of him being rested and losing his vice-captaincy surfaced.”

“Former Test stars criticized the decision, and the hashtag #DestroyerNajamSethi trended on Twitter against the PCB Management Committee chairman. However, with the support of Babar Azam for Shadab, the authorities eventually overturned their decision, which had faced backlash.”
“Reports suggest that the captain has advised the board to refrain from experimenting with the team ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023, set to be held in India.”

“As per the current schedule, players cannot be rested, and hence, Shadab Khan has been retained as vice-captain due to his impressive performances.”

“Former Karachi Kings teammates Imad Wasim and Babar Azam reportedly have strained relations, with Imad expressing disappointment over Babar’s alleged condition of being made captain of the PSL franchise, and the lack of trust shown towards him in that role.”
“Imad Wasim has regained the captaincy of Karachi Kings after Babar Azam moved to Peshawar Zalmi. His excellent performance in Sharjah has made it challenging for the team management to exclude him from the playing eleven.”

This is published in logicalbaat, on 05 April, 2023.

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