Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan officially announced on Monday batsman Azhar Ali has been named Misbahul Haq’s successor as ODI captain.
“Azhar has proved he can be captain and [has shown his mettle in] batting,” Shaharyar said, while addressing the media.
The PCB chairman added he has made the decision after weighing both positive and negative aspects of making Azhar the captain. Azhar has scored 452 runs in 14 outings at an average of 41.09 in the 50-over format and was tipped to be the new captain by outgoing skipper Misbahul Haq and head coach Waqar Younis. However, he has not played an ODI in more than two years.
“I am making Sarfaraz Ahmed the vice-captain,” he further announced. Explaining his decision he said it has been made in light of our ‘culture.’ Further, he upheld Misbahul Haq will retain the position of Test captain and Shahid Afridi will remain T20s captain. “Sarfaraz will be the vice-captain of Test and T20s as well.”