Babar Azam’s chances of becoming Test captain again took a big hit after the USA knocked Pakistan out of the T20 World Cup, ending their hopes of reaching the Super 8 stage. Sources told Geo News that Shan Masood will stay on as the Test captain for the two-match series against Bangladesh in August. The board is disappointed with Babar’s leadership after the T20 World Cup fiasco. The Bangladesh series will also mark former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie’s first stint as Pakistan’s red-ball head coach.

Shan Masood to Lead Pakistan in Test Series Against Bangladesh

Masood became Pakistan’s Test captain after Babar stepped down from captaincy in all formats following last year’s ODI World Cup. Shaheen Afridi was chosen to succeed Babar as the T20I captain.

Shaheen’s brief run as T20I captain ended in April after just one series against New Zealand, where Pakistan lost 4-1. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) then restored Babar as the white-ball captain before the T20 World Cup, calling it a “strategic move.”

However, the PCB’s plan didn’t work out. They brought in Gary Kirsten as the white-ball head coach, but Pakistan crashed out of the tournament in the group stage. They lost their first two games to the USA and India, nearly getting eliminated before managing a convincing win against Canada.

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