Asia Cup and World Cup 2023: Babar Azam, Mickey Arthur to remain captain & director


The Chairman of the Management Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf has said that Babar Azam will be the captain while Mickey Arthur will be the director in the Asia Cup and World Cup 2023.

According to the details, Chairman PCB Management Committee made these remarks while talking to a private news channel. He said that the coaching staff will also be retained. He expressed his desire to play Pakistan India Jinnah Gandhi series on Ashes style. Jay Shah and BCCI will soon start the journey of a good relationship with PCB.

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The Chairman further stated that captain Babar Azam, coach Grant Bradburn, fast bowling coach Morne Morkel and director of cricket Mickey Arthur will not change until the Asia Cup and the World Cup 2023. He said that the doors of the board are always open for consultation with all ex-chairmen including ex-chairman Najam Sethi.

Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf further mentioned that the Pakistan Cricket Board has begun conversations to establish cricket leagues in the United States and Saudi Arabia. He stated that PCB intends to launch its own T10 league following the PSL. He also stated that PCB is preparing for the Asia Cup matches in Pakistan. The goal is to have the domestic cricket season started on time. Cricketers were treated unfairly when Ehsan Mani’s board decided to discontinue department cricket. However, teams from departments and regions will now compete in the new domestic cricket league.

The Chairman stated that the decision to pay the national team players 45 lakh rupees per month has not yet been made. However, he recognized that playing league games before key events such as the Asia Cup and World Cup is problematic. He stated that they are concerned that players would be wounded, but that according to the previous board’s approval, they cannot prevent the cricketers from participating in the competition.