Top Pakistan batsman Babar Azam is set to be named captain of the nationwide ODI squad after having already changed wicketkeeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed as skipper within the T20 format. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in October had dropped Sarfaraz from the Test and T20 squads in a shock determination whereas naming Azhar Ali as captain within the longer format and Babar for the shorter model.
But the PCB didn’t title a captain for the ODI format as Pakistan’s subsequent 50-over task will be a lone match towards Bangladesh on April three right here.
Critics, nonetheless, identified that any determination to change Sarfaraz as captain in ODI format is just not going to be straightforward as the wicketkeeper-batsman led Pakistan to six straight wins final 12 months beginning with the World Cup league stage matches.
“Sarfaraz has also performed well as a batsman and keeper in 50-overs format having played with a batting average of around 32 and kept well last year,” a critic mentioned.
Sarfaraz’s largest achievement as ODI captain was to lead Pakistan to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy title that too after defeating arch-rivals India within the remaining.
The Board and selectors have already confronted some criticism over changing Sarfaraz as captain and likewise dropping him as a participant after he took Pakistan to the world primary rating on this format.
“There is no way the PCB or selectors can now justify not keeping Sarfaraz in the ODI team or replacing him with Babar Azam. It would be great injustice with a fine captain and a player,” former chief selector and head coach Mohsin Khan mentioned.
He mentioned it was acceptable to change Sarfaraz as captain in Test cricket however not to drop him as a participant for the Test and T20 codecs.
“There was pressure on Sarfaraz as captain for all three formats but he is still the ideal choice for the white ball formats,” Khan mentioned.
Former Test batsman Ramiz Raja famous that given Babar’s standing as being the primary batsman for Pakistan in all three codecs, he appeared to be the logical selection to lead in ODIs.
The head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and the 2 captains have repeatedly mentioned that if Sarfaraz carried out effectively in home cricket, together with the Pakistan Super League he could make a comeback into the nationwide group.