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Azhar Ali expected to lose ODI captaincy after 4-1 humiliation Down Under
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Azhar Ali expected to lose ODI captaincy after 4-1 humiliation Down Under

Pakistan’s shambolic performance Down Under may see Azhar Ali lose One-Day International captaincy, according to media reports.

In a meeting to discuss the leadership future amongst PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, and National Cricket Academy Head Coach Mushtaq Ahmed last week it was concluded that wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed will be made captain for all three formats.

Azhar, who took the reins after Misbah retired from the limited-overs cricket after 2015 World Cup, has had a horrendous run as a captain. His tenure started with a 3-0 whitewash in Bangladesh and saw Pakistan slip to number nine in ICC ODI Rankings.

Sarfraz, who was given T20I captaincy after Pakistan’s poor show in the 2016 World T20 in India under Shahid Afridi, has had an immaculate captaincy record.

Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq revealed in an interview with ESPNcricinfo that he will consider his future after leading Islamabad United in the upcoming Pakistan Super League.

Pakistan became number one Test side under the 42-year-old in August last year, but since their loss against the West Indies in Sharjah last year they have not won a single Test — which means they have lost six matches in a row.

They were thrashed 2-0 and 3-0 in New Zealand and Australia respectively. A slump in Misbah’s batting form has led to the calls for his retirement.

It has been reported that PCB will convince Misbah to retire after the West Indies series to be held in March-April.