Azhar Ali Keen On Improving Batting After Relinquishing Captaincy
Azhar Ali, who recently relinquished Pakistan’s ODI captaincy, has said he wants to focus more on his batting and prepare for the 2019 World Cup to be played in England.
“I want to focus more on batting. That’s why I also left the Test vice-captaincy as this is the right time to further improve my batting. I am honoured to have led Pakistan. I tried my best, but results did not come,
“It was like swimming against the tide which was not correct. I think this is not the right team to seek the captaincy or vice-captaincy,” Azhar Ali said.
Azhar Ali, who replaced Misbah-ul-Haq as the team’s skipper after the 2015 World Cup, did not have a good record as captain as he started his stint with a white-wash in the three-match series against Bangladesh. However, he scored 209 runs in that series.
In total, Azhar led Pakistan in 31 matches, winning just 12 and losing 18.
He was under immense pressure as Pakistan’s performance in ODIs hasn’t been up to the mark in the past two years or so and they’ve also dropped down to ninth position in the ICC ODI rankings, which has also put their hopes of direct qualification for World Cup 2019 under threat.
Pakistan’s next assignment is a complete series against the West Indies, which will also be Sarfraz’s first series as the full-time ODI captain of Pakistan.
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