Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan categorically said Wednesday it will be left to Misbah-ul-Haq to decide his future as captain even if the team loses badly.
Once Misbah calls it a day, then the best option will be to have one captain for all formats, Shaharyar said.
“We have requested Misbah to continue until 2018 and even if the result in Australia is not good the decision will be of Misbah’s,” he said.
“If he decides to leave then we have a few options like we can elevate vice captain Azhar Ali… Younis Khan can be one option but since he is not scoring runs he will be under pressure.
“Sarfraz is another option as he has an aggressive style and our culture also suits one captain for all formats.”
Shaharyar admitted that Azhar has not been full of confidence since Pakistan’s 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Eoin Morgan-led England side in one-day international series in summer this year.
“Yes, I can share with you that a lot of people lost confidence in Azhar after that series. Even Mickey Arthur’s vote was with Sarfraz but after whitewashing West Indies Azhar became a stronger candidate,” he said.
Asked if PCB shows weakness in not replacing an unsuccessful captain, the board supremo said, “It’s a matter of confidence and honouring them and not a matter of weakness by the PCB.”
He added that appointing a captain will be his prerogative. “I will consult the selection committee, especially the chief selector but the final decision will be mine.”
Shaharyar will leave for Colombo on Thursday to attend an Asian Cricket Council meeting, but he doesn’t expect any top Indian cricket board official to attend.
“Since they have a big decision [coming in] from Lodha commission in the next few days I don’t expect [their] any top official to come to Colombo,” the PCB chief said, reiterating his stance that it’s still Pakistan’s turn to host India.
“We have that stance that India have to tour us first. There were slots made for Pakistan-India series in the MoU signed in 2014 and they have wasted one slot by not playing us in 2015, even after agreeing to a neutral venue other than the UAE.”
Shaharyar said although the situation is not conducive for an Indo-Pak series but things can change quickly and if they do cricket will be one of the most popular items on the agenda.