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Sarfraz given ODI reigns
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Sarfraz given ODI reigns

Azhar called the board’s chairman Shaharyar Khan and made him aware about his desire to relinquish the post. — PCB release

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed as the one-day international captain following a 4-1 loss against Australia under Azhar Ali.

The cricket board had been mulling over a change in leadership since Pakistan’s 4-1 drubbing in England last year. However, a 3-0 whitewash of the West Indies by Azhar-led Pakistan in United Arab Emirates put a halt on the debate.

Azhar called the board’s chairman Shaharyar Khan and made him aware about his desire to relinquish the post as it was hampering his batting performance, said a PCB release.

After Pakistan lost their fourth ODI against Australia in their recent tour Down Under, PCB chairman, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, and head coach National Cricket Academy Mushtaq Ahmed had discussed replacing Azhar with Sarfraz, according to the media reports.

Sarfraz already leads Pakistan in the shortest format and have won all four games — one against England and three against the West Indies — after taking the reins from Shahid Afridi in the aftermath of their premature exit from the ICC World T20 in India last year.

Pakistan won five out of their 10 bilateral series under Azhar. Two of those victories were against Zimbabwe and one each against Ireland, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies.