Has PCB approached Azhar Ali regarding his removal as Test captain?


Karachi: The developments have been underway regarding the removal of Azhar Ali as Test captain before Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand.

The speculations started after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Chief Executive Wasim Khan said they were not sure about retaining Azhar.

Further, it was reported last week, that the cricket committee does not want Azhar and proposed the 25-year-old Babar Azam to lead the national team in all three formats.

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However, Azhar has clarified that he is not aware of being sacked from the captaincy and confirmed that he has not been approached by anyone in this regard.

“I am receiving news from the media only and I have not held a meeting with anyone in which I have been informed regarding this,” Azhar said while talking in a virtual media conference yesterday.

“I try not to think and focus on my game. Once we were in Australia in 2017, the same speculations started regarding ODI captaincy. Unless there is an official talk, it would be better not to make a comment on this,” he maintained.

It must be noted that Azhar replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as a Test captain in October 2019. Azhar also left the ODI captaincy in 2017 before the West Indies tour and later retired from the format in 2018.

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