Sethi says selection committee under Afridi wanted to replace Babar as captain

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The temporary selection committee, headed by Shahid Afridi, intended to first replace Babar Azam as Pakistan captain, PCB management committee chairman Najam Sethi has said.

For the home series against New Zealand earlier this year, the PCB Management Committee nominated former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi as the temporary chair of the Men’s National Selection Committee.

Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum were also on the panel, and Haroon Rashid (a member of the management committee) served as the convener.

Speaking to a YouTube channel, Sethi said that the selectors ultimately opted to stick with Babar as captain.

“I keep repeating that. Decisions like these—changing the captain—are not mine to make. I rely on the opinions of individuals I trust, said Sethi.

“When we took over, we established an interim selection committee. They informed us that certain adjustments would be necessary and that Babar should be removed as captain before the selectors boarded. However, as soon as they were hired, they declared that Babar did not require replacement. I informed them that it’s okay to alter your opinion, he continued.

Afridi left his position after the series against New Zealand because there wasn’t enough time for meetings.

Later, PCB selected Haroon Rashid to take Afridi’s place as Chair of the Men’s National Selection Committee.