Shadab Khan has been appointed vice-captain of Pakistan's limited-overs teams with his first assignment in the new role set to be the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe.
Shadab will serve as the deputy to permanent white-ball skipper Babar Azam, who was promoted to the post last year following the sacking of Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Shadab has been an integral member of Pakistan's team in ODIs and T20Is ever since he made his international debut in 2017. With 43 appearances in each of the two formats, Shadab has established his reputation as an attacking bowling option and a handy lower middle-order batsman.
Of late, the 22-year-old has transformed into a capable power-hitter, often choosing to promote himself up the order in the 2020 Pakistan Super League.
He excelled in the recently concluded National T20 Cup, where he was the fourth-leading wicket-taker and scored at an impressive strike rate of 160.13.
Over the past year, Shadab has been groomed to take on leadership responsibilities as he was named the Islamabad United captain for the fifth edition of the PSL.
Honoured to be Pakistan’s vice-captain in ODIs and T20Is. It was my dream to play for my beloved country, to become the vice captain was unimaginable but dreams do come true. I will give my 100% and try to support and help our captain @babarazam258. #PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/unHVG5TMtQ— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) October 19, 2020
Although his team failed to progress to the playoffs, Shadab was the top performer for Islamabad and stood out for his all-round brilliance.
In the National T20 Cup, Shadab captained last year's champions Northern during the Multan leg of the tournament. His tenure as the team skipper saw Northern win five games on the trot before the returning Imad Wasim succeeded him in the capacity.
Imad's stint did not reap the desired rewards for Northern as they crashed out of the competition in the semi-final after their defeat to Southern Punjab.
It has now been revealed by Northern head coach Mohammad Wasim that Shadab "would be the first choice captain" for the team for future engagements.
Zimbabwe's tour of Pakistan will kick off with the ODIs in Rawalpindi while the T20Is at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium will start on November 7.