Initial reports from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Headquarters in Lahore hinted minimal changes for the upcoming three-match Australia series.
They’re eyeing a new bowling coach, potentially Umar Gul stepping in for Morne Morkel. However, there’s little anticipation for major shifts in strategy or personnel for the Australian series.
The PCB has had a hot debate regarding Babar Azam’s captaincy for the Australia series. Some advocate for his continuity while others weigh options like Shan Masood or the experienced Sarfaraz Ahmed.
However, most advisors to the PCB chairman caution against swapping captains at this crucial juncture.
The prevailing sentiment is that Babar holds the team’s respect and is better suited for the game’s longer format.
The consensus leans toward retaining him as the Test captain while exploring new leadership choices for the T20 squad, especially with an eye on the 2024 World Cup.
The advice given to the PCB Management Committee is to foster a democratic setup.
They’re encouraged to let the elected chairman steer decisions regarding the national team’s future, including captaincy matters.
As for the schedule, Pakistan’s Test tour of Australia commences with the First Test at Perth Stadium on December 14, followed by matches at the MCG on December 26-30 and the SCG on January 3-7.