PCB appoints Babar Azam as new ODI captain
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named Babar Azam as the nation’s new ODI captain, replacing former incumbent Sarafarz Ahmed on Wednesday. He will now lead Pakistan’s limited-overs side in the 2020-21 season.
PCB made the announcement while closing the list of central contacted players where players like Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir has been made out of the central contract.
PCB confirmed through a media release that Azhar Ali will remain the captain of Pakistan’s Test side. Babar has been handed the extra responsibility of leading the ODI side. Before, he was already being the T20I skipper.
“I want to congratulate Azhar Ali and Babar Azam for getting captaincy extensions. This is absolutely the right decision as they also require certainty and clarity on their future roles. I am sure they will now start looking to the future and start planning so that they can build sides that can perform at the expected levels,”
national team chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said.
In the upcoming season, Pakistan are slated to play two T20Is in Ireland (July), three Tests and three T20Is in England (July-September). They have been sorted for three ODIs and three T20Is in South Africa (October). Besides three ODIs and three T20Is at home against Zimbabwe (November). Two tests and three T20Is will be played in New Zealand (December). Two Tests and three T20Is at home against South Africa (January 2021) and two Tests and three T20Is in Zimbabwe in April next year.
Besides Pakistan will also be part of the Asia Cup T20 tournament and the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia which is currently under threat due to unusual cricketing atmosphere.