Azhar to remain ODI captain, confirms PCB

Board's chief operating officer corroborates the decision regarding 31-year-old batsman

Sports Desk September 19, 2016
Azhar Ali. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to keep Azhar Ali as captain of the national team’s ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series against the West Indies in UAE, Express News reported on Monday.

PCB’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Subhan Ahmed confirmed the board’s decision regarding the 31-year-old batsman. “The selection committee has the right to select a captain in any format, but Azhar will lead the national side in the upcoming series,” he said.

Azhar took over the captaincy after the 2015 World Cup and during his tenure Pakistan have only managed to defeat Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Ireland.

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Meanwhile, the Men in Green are currently ranked ninth in ODIs with 86 points, their lowest ever tally since the ranking system was introduced in 2001.

Earlier, it was reported that Azhar might resign following Pakistan’s ODI series defeat against England.

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The ODI series against the West Indies will commence from September 30, with the other two matches set to be played on October 2 and 5 respectively.

Regarding farewell of former T20I captain Shahid Afridi and veteran off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, Ahmed said that the board will take a decision after meeting with both players on September 26.


nakhtar | 5 years ago | Reply PCB has again done a big mistake by keeping Azhar as Pakistan ODI Captain. I can predict the result as of now. T20 winner Pakistan, Test winner Pakistan and One Day West Indies. Please remember my prediction. Azhar may be good as a Test Match Batsman but he does not have iota of Captaincy in him. I dont understand, If I could predict something to be true why not these experience cricketers do. I have been writing my comments in different News Papers before the English series that if PCB keep Azhar, so called Professor and Wahab Riaz in the team then it would be a disaster and it proved that way. This will happen again...
Anwar | 5 years ago | Reply Really? Seems like Azhar Ali has very strong relationship in PCB...A person who does not even have a place in the team will be leading as Captain? Shame on you PCB. You are just ruining the cricket in Pakistan to please blue shirts. Just let Sarfraz lead and get the results...
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