Azhar Ali, who has not featured in a one-day game in more than two years has now been confirmed as the new ODI captain of Pakistan by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
There were rumors doing the rounds that Azhar might be appointed as the new captain and PCB confirmed the decision today saying that the batsman’s form in domestic cricket has been exceptional and he was worthy of the job despite playing just 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 Ali was also named as the Test vice-captain under Misbah, which was not as surprising as he’s a regular part of the Test side.
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.”