"It's a difficult decision but I feel it is a right time"
Babar Azam has announced his resignation as Pakistan captain in all formats.
This comes after Pakistan’s World Cup exit, where they won just four out of nine matches.
In a statement, Babar has said he will no longer captain the side.
His post on X read: “I vividly remember the moment when I received the call from PCB to lead Pakistan in 2019.
“Over the past four years, I’ve experienced many highs and lows on and off the field, but I wholeheartedly and passionately aimed to maintain Pakistan’s pride and respect in the cricket world.
“Reaching the No. 1 spot in the white-ball format was a result of the collective efforts of players, coaches and management but I’d like to express my gratitude to passionate Pakistan cricket fans for their unwavering support during this journey.
“Today, I am stepping down as the captain of Pakistan in all formats.
“It’s a difficult decision but I feel it is a right time for this call. I will continue to represent Pakistan as a player in all three formats.
“I am here to support the new captain and the team with my experience and dedication.
“I want to express my sincere thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board for entrusting me with this significant responsibility.”
Fans thanked Babar Azam for captaining the Pakistan cricket team.
One said: “Thank you for building a team that was without any politics and grudges.
“Thank you for setting up an example for all to follow. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.
“Supported you as captain, supporting you more as a player.
“Time to shine and break all the pending records, Go Well My King.”
During the 2023 World Cup, Babar Azam scored a total of 320 runs at an average of 40.
Although the reason why Babar Azam stepped down as captain is not known, it comes after the team’s poor World Cup performance.
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) November 15, 2023
Among Pakistan’s losses included a seven-wicket hammering by India in front of over 100,000 spectators.
Pakistan also lost to Afghanistan for the first time.
Before his announcement, Babar Azam had met the PCB chief in Lahore.
Footage showed Babar’s car being hounded by fans and journalists as he left the PCB headquarters at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Babar’s resignation comes after bowling coach Morne Morkel became the first man to quit Pakistan’s backroom staff following the team’s failure to reach the World Cup semi-finals.