Babar to replace Azhar as Test captain, announcement expected on Nov 11


By Shah Khalid Khan

Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to remove Azhar Ali as Test captain, ARY Sports reported.

According to sources, Babar Azam will replace Azhar as the skipper on the tour of New Zealand and the announcement by the PCB is expected on November 11.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan will be announced as the vice-captain. Following the announcement of the captain, the squads for New Zealand will be named on the same date.

A 35-member squad is likely to be announced which will also include players for the Pakistan Shaheens.

It must be noted that Pakistan will play three T20Is and two Tests from December 18 to January 7 while Shaheens are scheduled to play five T20s and two four-day matches.

The squad will depart on November 23 from Lahore and as per New Zealand government regulations, will undergo a 14-day quarantine period in Lincoln, Christchurch.

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