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Hafeez in line to take Pakistan’s ODI captaincy

Hafeez in line to take Pakistan’s ODI captaincy

With the removal of Sarfaraz Ahmed as Pakistan’s leader because of going through a prolonged rough patch, Pakistan’s leadership framework is attracting a lot of attention. The wicket-keeper batsman was found struggling in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament before recording ordinary outings in the home series against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sacked him from captaincy in all the three forms of the game by announcing Azhar Ali and Babar Azam as the new Test and T20I skippers respectively. 

However, with Pakistan not having any immediate ODI series, the cricket board refrained from naming the ODI captain. However, reports claim that the veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is under consideration to become the white-ball captain of Pakistan.

Earlier, it was understood that the Karachi born will leave the red-ball captaincy, but now it seems clear that he is to leave all the formats. 

While the boys in green look towards the top-order batsman Babar Azam as their future leader, his inexperience sits as a major hurdle. Hence, the idea is to have Sargodha born to lead the national team for some time in ODIs and prepare Babar Azam to take the responsibility later and he will meanwhile head the T20I unit.