International ODI Cricket

Sarfraz set to replace Azhar as captain after 4-1 defeat

Azhar Ali is probably going to be axed as Pakistan’s ODI captain after his side lost the series in Australia by a 4-1 margin. Pakistan were beaten in the 5th and final ODI in Adelaide, drooping to a similar score line they had endured in England a year ago, and the PCB is quick to utilize it as a chance to supplant Azhar with the T20 captain, Sarfraz Ahmed.

The move, ESPNcricinfo comprehends, could be the forerunner to in the end delegating a solitary skipper for all configurations, however any such choice should hold up until the Test commander Misbah-ul-Haq accepts an approach his future.

Authority issues were talked about in a meeting in Lahore amid the fourth ODI of this series by PCB director Shaharyar Khan, boss selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, and Mushtaq Ahmed, the head coach at the National Cricket Academy.

They are thought to be joined in their conviction that Sarfraz ought to assume control over the ODI captaincy yet will hold up until Misbah resigns to name another Test commander.

They vary concerning whether Pakistan ought to push forward with a solitary commander, however in the event that they do go down that course it could imply that Azhar is ignored as the Test successor to Misbah; Azhar is the Test bad habit skipper and, in Misbah’s nonattendance, driven Pakistan as of late in a Test against New Zealand in Hamilton. It could likewise mean the finish of an examination started after the 2015 World Cup, when, surprisingly, Pakistan had three unique skippers – Shahid Afridi was then the T20 commander.

On the off chance that Azhar is chopped out, it will end a troublesome residency that started directly after the 2015 World Cup. He was not in the squad for that competition and had, actually, not included in an ODI since January 2013. What he had going for him was a protected position in the Test side, and great frame in List A cricket: in the household Pentangular Cup that season he was the main scorer with 302 runs at an average of 60.40 and strike rate of 86.28. In the President’s Gold Cup, he scored 234 runs at a strike rate of 86.98.

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