Raja wants Wahab as next ODI skipper

Former Pakistan batsman, and now commentator, Ramiz Raja has urged the selectors of the national side to appoint fast bowler Wahab Riaz as the new ODI captain.

Following the ODI retirements of senior players Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi after their World Cup quarterfinal exit to co-hosts Australia, Pakistan are searching for a new leader in 50-over cricket.

Left-arm quick Wahab almost single-handedly kept Pakistan in the contest against the Aussies with a fiery spell of bowling while his team were defending a low score of 213.

The 29 year-old bowled with pace and aggression, and Raja wants the side to show that kind of passion when they play in the future.

Raja said: "It's a difficult one because Pakistan have not yet trained a youngster. What I saw of him (Wahab) against Australia convinces me that he's got it in him to make it big as a leader because he showed aggression, passion and emotion and that is what is required right now to put Pakistan cricket back on track.

"The team think tank have not really been able to give Pakistan that aggressive tag that its renowned for and I've been very disappointed with the route that we have taken.

"Pakistan cricket is about emotion, about showing passion and to a certain degree about being unpredictable in a healthy way, which makes it so romantic."