Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-finals as they had to bow down of the tournament for having an inferior Net Run Rate as compared to New Zealand. Pakistan’s failure to get into the semis has raised quite a lot of eyebrows regarding captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and many believe his time as a captain is up.
Here are a few possible candidates to replace Sarfaraz Ahmed as an ODI captain
The all-rounder has been a hot favourite player to become the next ODI captain as per media speculation. He had a pretty good World Cup, averaging 54 with the bat at a strike rate of 118.24. The 30-year-old has an experience of captaining Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and also captained Pakistan during the recent Australia series.
The 38-year-old has reportedly decided not to retire yet as he wants to continue playing for Pakistan in limited overs cricket. The ‘Professor’ is the most senior player currently in the Pakistan squad and has also served as captain in the past.
The young leg-spinner makes the list solely because he is a regular and a decent performer in both shorter formats. He is confident, has an ODI bowling average of 29 and can bat as well. Being young can add to Pakistan’s energy and aggression on the field.
The left-handed batsman is always an easy target for the media for nepotism allegations against him because he is the nephew of the chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq. The 23-year averages 54.48 per ODI innings. In addition to this, Imam is also a good spokesperson and knows how to handle situations publicly.