Azhar Ali steps down as Pakistan captain

Azhar Ali steps down as Pakistan captain | PakistanTribe.com

DUBAI – Pakistan opening batsman Azhar Ali has on  Thursday stepped down as the One Day International captain, PakistanTribe.com reported.

Azhar met with PCB chairman Shahryar Khan ahead of the PSL starter and put forward his willingness to focus on batting only.

T20 captain Sarfraz Ahmed will replace Azhar as ODI captain.

His first assignment would be West Indies tour right after PPSL 2017.

Sarfraz, who has impressed while leading Pakistan Super League (PSL) side Quetta Gladiators as well as the Pakistan T20I team, will take over with immediate effect; meaning that he will be captaining the side in Pakistan’s next assignment to the West Indies.

That series may well decide which of the two sides qualify for the next World Cup in England.

There had been calls from several quarters to sack Azhar, who replaced Misbahul Haq as the ODI captain, after an underwhelming stint that saw him win just five of his matches as captain against the top eight sides — all coming against Sri Lanka.

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