Zaka Ashraf’s voice in the PCB Audio Leak is heard deciding Babar Azam’s Captaincy. The Chairman of PCB – Pakistan Cricket Board in that audio says that he asked Babar Azam to remain as Test captain. Also, he told him about removing his captaincy from limited-overs.
Babar Azam told Zaka Ashraf that he would consult his family and then confirm his decision. Pakistan failed to reserve its position in the ICC WC semifinals 2023. As a result, Ashraf planned to remove Babar in all formats as captain.
It was not very long ago that Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s Chat Screenshot leaked and went viral. Now the PCB – Pakistan Cricket Board has become the center of another controversy. That too after the PCB Audio Leak had its chairman Zaka Ashraf speaking about Babar Azam became viral on social media.
Many media organizations believe to be of Zaka Ashraf voice in PCB Audio Leak and the public believes the same. Ashraf plans to remove Babar Azam from captaincy (If the Audio is true and real).
According to a report generated by another Pakistani Media company, it says Ashraf had this conversation with one of his female family members which was a private discussion. However, these statements need to be further verified whether it is true to reality.
Also, Ashraf spoke about Mohammad Talha, who is a Pakistani right-arm bowler. Talha told him to leave everything but Ashraf had another plan so such situations should not arise further like what happened during Babar told him he was stepping down.
It was audible Ashraf saying that Talha has control over 8 players of the national team as he had signed contracts with them and has built strong relationships with players and their families by visiting their houses. So it is obvious that the players cannot move without him.
Zaka Ashraf had all this conversation with one of the female family members.
Baba Azam retrieved his top spot in the ICC ODI Rankings. Earlier, the Indian cricketer Shubman Gill had throned that position by dethroning Babar from the Top Most.
Babar has successfully re-gained the position through the latest rankings which the world cricket’s governing body – ICC released on 20th December 2023.
Now Babar Azam owns the top spot followed by Shubmnan Gill, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma.
The audio duration is 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Particularly, the voice resembled Zaka Ashraf plotting to push out Babar Azam, about his relationship with Mohammad Talha who influences the other players of the team. It says that Talha can control the 8 other national team players as he keeps visiting their home and has a very strong bond with them.
The Audio Clip is circulating everywhere and becoming viral on social media. The private discussions about removing Babar Azam from captaincy in all formats are the news everywhere and it has become a topic of public debate for a huge number of people.
Already the issue about Babar Azam’s captaincy was surrounding on the internet. Meanwhile, the controversy took another turn when the Whatsapp chats between Babar Azam and PCB chief Salman Naseer. The PCB Audio Leak raised many questions regarding Babar Azam’s communication with Zaka Ashraf during the World Cup.
The reason for tensions between the PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf and Babar Azam began during the ICC World Cup 2023. It was because of Pakistan’s early exit from the tournament in which they had faced 4 continuous defeats.
There is also discussion about Rizwan for the White-ball captaincy but the voice denies it. Zaka Ashraf expressed his liking for Mohammad Rizwan and might have chosen him. Despite his liking, he denied it due to the complication that he is close to Babar and Talha.
The PCB Audio leak has added a layer of controversy in the cricketing atmosphere of Pakistan. It raises many questions about the working of PCB inside the committee as well as its impact on the team’s future.
After the World Cup during the review meeting held in Pakistan, Ashraf decided to remove Babar from his captaincy. However, the Test Skipper position was assigned to Shan Masood. Meanwhile, Shaheen Shah Afridi was assigned to T20I captaincy. But still, the position of ODI Captaincy remained vacant.
Zaka Ashraf reveals his Plan B (after Babar Azam steps down as captain) in the PCB Audio Leak. The audio is evident enough to convey to us that the discussion was about appointing a new captain. Also, Zaka Ashraf says in the PCB Leaked Audio: “After Babar left the captaincy, I said to the other man – Chal Bhai, Ab tu Captain Hai”.
He discussed all these with a female person in his family. Meanwhile, she raised the question about the new captain. She asks whether it is Shan Masood but the voice in response denies it. He revealed Shaheen Afridi as the captain for the white-ball cricket.