Sarfraz replaces Azhar Ali as ODI captain

Batsman Azhar Ali has stepped down as Pakistan's one-day worldwide captain following their 4-1 series defeat by Australia last month.

The Board announced on Thursday that Azhar informed PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan about his decision to step down as ODI captain. Apart from the recent 1-4 loss to Australia, there were also crushing defeats for Pakistan in England (1-4) and Bangladesh (0-3).

According to sources, Azhar Ali had met with PCB Chairman and informed him regarding his decision to resign as the ODI captain of Pakistan. One match ended without result due to rain. The series will be played in West Indies in April.

Sarfraz was always the favourite to replace Azhar, whose tenure as ODI captain began on a promising note but soon took a disastrous turn.

Azhar's leadership was reportedly the subject of much discussion as a meeting between team management and the Pakistan Cricket Board directly after the conclusion of the tour. In all, Pakistan won 12 and lost 18 games. The situation is so bad that Pakistan might also fail to earn direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

Sarfraz Ahmad, who already is the captain of T20 squad, has accepted the one-day captaincy. He managed to lead Pakistan to just five wins over the top eight ODI sides during his stint, all of which came against Sri Lanka. "Misbah has asked for some time (about his future) so we have given him time to decide in the next few days", Shahryar added.

  • Angelo Rivera