T20 World Cup: Shaheen Afridi declines PCB’s vice-captaincy offer

T20 World Cup: Shaheen Afridi declines PCB's vice-captaincy offer

KARACHI, MAY 25 /DNA/ – Pakistan’s star pacer Shaheen Afridi has declined the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) offer to become vice-captaincy for the national side, reported on Saturday.

Sources close to Shaheen have confirmed that the selection committee had offered the pacer to become the team’s vice-captain and skipper Babar Azam’s second in command, which he refused to accept.

The development comes after the board, in March, reinstated Babar as T20 captain, replacing Shaheen, after the newly formed selection committee’s recommendation to change the skipper.

The PCB under Zaka Ashraf appointed Shaheen as white-ball captain following the team’s drubbing in the ICC World Cup 2023.

Following the fast bowler’s refusal to accept the team’s vice-captaincy, wicketkeeper-batter M Rizwan is now a strong candidate to become the vice-captain. Meanwhile, all-rounder Shadab Khan is also in the running for the role.

Yesterday, Pakistan announced their squad for the T20 World Cup 2024, which begins on June 1 and will be played in the United States and West Indies.

Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2024 schedule

June 6 — Pakistan vs USA, Dallas

June 9 — Pakistan vs India, New York

June 11 — Pakistan vs Canada, New York

June 16 — Pakistan vs Ireland, Lauderhill.=DNA