In a surprising move, Test specialist Azhar Ali has been named as the new captain of the Pakistan’s ODI team while wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has been given the responsibility of the vice-captain. Azhar has also been appointed as the vice-captain of the Test side.
Regular skipper Misbah-ul-Haq decided to quit ODIs after the 2015 World Cup in order to prolong his Test career. With Pakistan scheduled to tour Bangladesh next month for Test and ODI series, selectors had to appoint someone around whom the team could revolve and, Azhar proved out to be the best choice for them. So far, Azhar has played 39 Tests and 14 ODIs.
As for the Bangladesh tour, Younis Khan, who had a poor World Cup, has been dropped from the side. Junaid Khan and Mohammed Hafeez, who missed the mega event due to injury, are expected to make a comeback along side Saeed Ajmal, who has been cleared to bowl by ICC now.
It has also been learnt that Umar Gul, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal will not be part of the team for the Bangladesh tour.