Azam to lead Pakistan in ODI
Babar Azam has been named the new ODI skipper of the Pakistan cricket team which means he will now take care of the entire limited-overs format of the side. Azam since last 15 months has been enjoying the captaincy role in the T20I cricket. On the other hand, Azhar Ali will continue to lead in the longer format according to the announcement by the PCB. Post the removal of Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali was given the responsibility to lead the team in Test.
Babar Azam who is currently ranked No.3 in ICC’s ODI charts followed by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the Indian batsmen has led Pakistan in a handful of matches in the 50-overs as well. In T20Is he has led Pakistan in five T20Is and won the last two, at home against Bangladesh.
Coach congratulates captain
The head coach and national selector Misbah ul Haq congratulated Azam on getting this new role. “I want to congratulate Azhar Ali and Babar Azam for getting captaincy extensions.” He further added that this would help the team to get clarity on the future. “This is absolutely the right decision as they also require certainty and clarity on their future roles. I am sure they will now start looking to the future and start planning so that they can build sides that can perform at the expected levels.”
In the wake of the COVID-19 as the cricket world is at an indefinite break now, Babar Azam has to wait for a while to fulfil his new responsibilities on the ground. Pakistan last played ODI in October 2019 and the board is in discussion with the England Cricket Board to discuss the possibilities of Pakistan’s upcoming tour of England comprising three Tests and an equal number of T20Is.
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