PCB names new ODI captain

Published on March 30, 2015 21:02:22 PM
The Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] has named the inexperienced top-order batsman Azhar Ali as the new captain of ODI side which surprised many. Ali will succeed Misbah-ul-Haq who resigned after the World Cup exit earlier this month.

Azhar, 30, has played only 14 ODIs so far who has made his debut in 2010 and did not play a single ODI since January 2013. Shockingly the PCB has ignored senior players like Muhammad Hafeez, Fawad Alam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sohaib Maqsood and veteran batsman Younis Khan. The new captain will be the deputy to Misbah in the Test side while wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed would be the ODI and T20 vice-captain. Shahid Afridi will be the skipper for the shorter format of the game.

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan also named Haroon Rasheed as the new chief selector at a press conference in Lahore. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khan said, "I congratulate Misbah and Afridi on their retirements from one-day cricket after giving so much service to Pakistan.”

Lauding senior batsman Younis Khan, Mr Khan added that Younis remained a good example for younger players and would be considered for ODI and Test matches as he had no plans to retire instantly from ODI format.