Azhar Ali is ready to get replaced as captain of the Pakistan Take a look at aspect, with star batsman Babar Azam or wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan being touted as his alternative.
Azhar was named because the captain of the Take a look at aspect final yr, changing Sarfaraz Ahmed. However, his performances with the bat and as captain have been a degree of concern. Azhar’s captaincy credentials have been questioned by cricket specialists in Pakistan’s latest tour of England.
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Former captain of Pakistan, Wasim Akram raised query marks over Azhar’s captaincy after Pakistan misplaced the primary take a look at in opposition to England after being in a powerful place to win the Take a look at match. Wasim can also be part of PCB’s cricket committee, so him elevating doubts on Azhar’s captaincy would absolutely level in a change on the helm.
In response to experiences, PCB CEO Wasim Khan met with Azhar Ali just lately as a part of his annual appraisal, the ultimate resolution on the matter might be made by PCB chairman Ehsan Mani within the subsequent couple of weeks.
Performances of the final 5 captains:
*Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi & Salman Butt captained Pakistan for a brief time period so weren’t thought of.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are the 2 contenders for the position. Babar is a mainstay of the Pakistan batting line-up in all three codecs and captain of the limited-overs sides. Rizwan then again has simply established himself because the wicket-keeper in Take a look at and ODI squad, his place within the T20 aspect remains to be up for grabs.
Aside from main the limited-overs aspect, Babar Azam was named as Azhar Ali’s deputy in Checks as properly, so he could be thought of an apparent alternative. However PCB appears hesitant so as to add the strain of take a look at captaincy on his shoulders.
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Mohammad Rizwan has been fairly exceptional over the previous yr, he got here into the nationwide aspect after a protracted wait on the sidelines, however his shows have helped him propel to the dialogue of the following Pakistan Take a look at captain.
He was named as the person of the collection in opposition to England for his good batting and his world-class wicket-keeping. He just lately led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the Nationwide T20 Cup title, garnering reward for his batting, fielding, wicket-keeping and his captaincy.
Will probably be fascinating to see who the PCB opts for as the following take a look at captain of the nationwide aspect. Each the alternatives appear good, however as we’ve seen prior to now, nothing is assured in Pakistan Cricket.