Sources say that the PCB is thinking about re-evaluating the team’s management and leadership roles. If they do, it’s possible that all-format captain Babar Azam’s role in the team would change.
The PCB management committee led by Najam Sethi is reportedly not satisfied with the current setup and is looking to conduct a comprehensive assessment after the end of the Pakistan Super League’s eighth season in March. The team’s poor performance in the home Test season, including losing three out of five Test matches and drawing two, has raised questions about Azam’s captaincy in the red-ball format.
PCB sources also confirmed that the team’s recent poor performance means that management and leadership changes are likely.
This move aligns with the PCB’s long-term strategy, which was demonstrated by the appointment of Shan Masood as vice-captain in the ODI series against New Zealand in Shadab Khan’s absence.
Sources say that Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shan Masood could be in the running to be the test team captain. The PCB’s interest in hiring a foreign coach suggests that the current head coach, Saqlain Mushtaq, and bowling coach Shaun Tait, may not be retained after their contract ends in February. However, the PCB’s recent efforts to bring back former head coach Mickey Arthur have failed due to his prior commitments with English county Derbyshire.