Pakistan’s ODI skipper, Azhar Ali has been declared fit to play the next ODI of the series against Australia at Sydney on Sunday and he will also captain the side.
The 31-year old sustained a hamstring injury during the first contest of the 50-over format series. As a result, he had to sit out in the second and third match of the campaign against the mighty Aussies.
Mohammad Hafeez had the captaincy band on in Azhar’s absence and he also led the team to a win after 12 years on Australian soil.
Azhar Ali undergone a fitness test on Saturday and easily cleared it, thus he will come back as probably an opener and as the skipper for the remaining of contests. He is likely to replace the struggling Asad Shafiq in the line-up.
Pakistan’s head coach, Mickey Arthur is excited by his skipper’s return, “It’s a massive boost. It gives more solidarity to our top order. I’m looking forward to having him back.”
Pakistan are currently trailing the five-match ODI series by 2-1, the fourth match of the series will be played in Sydney on Sunday.