After losing the ODI series to Australia 1-4, Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali has decided to resign from the captaincy post. The performance of the Pakistan ODI team has been disappointing. The team has won five out of ten bilateral series. Out of the five ODI series wins, two came against minnows Zimbabwe, one against Ireland, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Azhar Ali took the role of captaincy in 2015.
Pakistan is currently 8th in the latest ICC team rankings and are not in a position to qualify directly for the ICC World Cup that will be played in 2019. “Azhar agreed to relinquish his captaincy as he believed that his batting is being effected due to extra burden of leadership,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told ESPNcricinfo. “I respect his decision and he will continue to play as batsman in one day team, but now we all decided that Sarfraz will be handed the ODI captaincy.”
Pakistan slipped to 9th in ODI rankings under Azhar Ali’s captaincy and somehow qualified for the 2017 Champions Trophy. He lost the ODI series to England last year by 1-4 but stayed up for the captaincy role. Pakistan then won the ODI series against West Indies by 3-0.
Sarfraz Ahmed will now lead the Pakistan team in One-day international format. He is also the captain of the Pakistan T20 squad. Pakistan’s next ODI series is against West Indies this year. If they need to qualify for World Cup 2019, Sarfaraz Ahmed will have to create a positive attitude among the players.
Pakistan was hammered by Australia 1-4. In the test series too, Pakistan were whitewashed 0-3 which has been a reason for the downslide.