Sarfraz being considered for ODI captaincy

KARACHI: Pakistan’s senior batsman and current ODI captain Azhar Ali is set to lose his leadership credentials for the ODI but will be appointed as captain of the Test team after the retirement of veteran Misbah-ul-Haq and recurring dismal performances by the side in recent times.

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“Inzamam has conveyed to PCB Chairman and other high officials about some radical changes needed in the national team set-up following the disastrous tour to New Zealand and Australia,” a well-informed source in PCB said.

The source claimed, it has been decided that the PCB Chairman and chief selector would be having a talk with both Misbah and senior pro Younis Khan to let them know about the board’s future plans.

“It has been decided in principle that Misbah would be advised to announce his retirement after the Test series against the West Indies as captain while Younis would also be advised to call it a day after he completes 10,000 Test runs in the three Tests in the West Indies,” the source concurred.

It has also been decided in principle that after the West Indies tour, Azhar will take over as the new Test captain.

“Sarfaraz will be appointed as the captain of the one-day squad before the West Indies tour in addition to his responsibility as captain of the T20 side,” the source confirmed.

Pakistan currently ranks 8th in the ICC-ODI rankings.

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