by: Atika Mehboob TN Sport Pakistan:
Shan Masood has been designated as the Test captain of the Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team, with Shaheen Shah Afridi assuming leadership in the T20I format. These appointments follow Babar Azam’s decision to step down from captaincy in all three formats.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Shan Masood, a 34-year-old batsman with 30 Test appearances and a tally of 1,597 runs, including four centuries and seven half-centuries, as the Test captain. Shan is set to captain until the conclusion of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25, with his inaugural assignment being the three-match Test series against Australia in Australia, starting on December 14.
Simultaneously, 23-year-old left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has been named the T20I captain. Shaheen, known for his impressive T20 performances, boasts 64 wickets in 52 T20Is. He previously captained Lahore Qalandars in the HBL PSL, guiding the team to victory in the 2022 and 2023 editions.
The appointments of Shan and Shaheen as captains come in the wake of Babar Azam’s resignation from all formats. The captaincy for the ODI format is yet to be announced by the PCB.