Azhar Ali selected as new ODI captain: PCB chairman

Shahryar Khan names Sarfaraz Ahmed as ODI and T20s vice captain


Web Desk March 30, 2015
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan officially announced on Monday batsman Azhar Ali has been named Misbahul Haq’s successor as ODI captain.

“In view of his character, leadership and team spirit, the decision has been made to make Azhar new ODI captain,” he said, while addressing a press conference in Lahore on Monday afternoon.

The PCB chairman added he has made the decision after weighing both positive and negative aspects of making Azhar the captain.

Azhar has scored 452 runs in 14 outings at an average of 41.09 in the 50-over format and was tipped to be the new captain by outgoing skipper Misbahul Haq and head coach Waqar Younis. However, he has not played an ODI in more than two years.

While Misbahul Haq remains to be the captain in Test format of the game, wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed has been named vice-captain in ODIs and T20s.

Read: New ODI captain: Azhar Ali is the chosen one

“He [Sarfaraz] is full of spirit and has a fighting character.”

Explaining his decision the PCB chairman said it was made in light of our 'culture.'

Further, Shahid Afridi will continue to serve as the T20 captain.

Meanwhile, Moin Khan has been removed as team selector and will be replaced by former cricketer and team manager, Haroon Rashid.

COMMENTS (21)

abhishek | 6 years ago | Reply Pakistan cricket board have no sense of cricket azhar ali is the bad choice fr captaincy..sarfraz is always best choice fr captaincy
Pakistani | 6 years ago | Reply This is an ideal time to shed all the dead weight like Misbah, Afridi etc. and anyone who has 2 years of cricketing life in them. Also, PCB should stop wasting the public money and put an end to its experiments. The best thing they can do is to start copying Australia, after all with 5 world cups, they must be doing something better than PCB!!
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