PCB confirm Azhar as new ODI captain


The Pakistan Cricket Board have confirmed that batsman Azhar Ali will be the new ODI captain, taking over from the retired Misbah-ul-Haq, despite not playing a one-day game in more than two years.

It was thought last week that Azhar was the man the PCB would name, and they confirmed it on Tuesday, saying that his form in domestic cricket proved that he was worthy of the job, despite playing only 14 ODIs.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan insisted: "Azhar Ali has been appointed captain because of his leadership skills, team spirit and character.

"I know Azhar Ali was not in the team in the last two years but his performance in the pentangular series proved that he deserves to be the captain."

Azhar was also named the Test vice-captain, under Misbah, which was not as surprising given he was a regular in the side. The batsman expressed the hope that player would support him despite his stats.

He said: "It's a huge responsibility and I hope that all players will support me. I salute him (Misbah-ul-Haq), the way he served and the way he played. His services are unforgettable."