Pakistan’s experienced Test player, Shan Masood has officially been appointed as the Test team captain after Babar’s resignation earlier in the day. Shan will lead the side for Pakistan’s upcoming tour of Australia.
Babar was appointed Pakistan’s captain around three years ago and since then he has led the side in all three formats. Pakistan’s poor campaign in the World Cup 2023 raised a lot of question marks on Babar’s captaincy, including ex-cricketers and journalists calling to remove him from the captaincy.
Shan, an experienced player, has been tasked as a one-down player, relinquishing his opening spot, after the retirement of Azhar Ali.
The 34-year-old has represented Pakistan in 30 Tests, scoring 1,597 runs at an average of a miserly 28.51. He has scored 4 100s and 7 50s for the Test side.
Pakistan’s next assignment is in Australia where they will play three Test matches. The first Test match will commence on 14 December, the second Test match on Boxing Day, 26 December, and the final Test on 3 January.