PCB appoints Babar Azam as Pakistan’s new ODI captain


Karachi: Pakistan’s prolific batsman Babar Azam has been named as Pakistan men’s team new ODI captain, according to a press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday.

PCB confirmed Azhar Ali as Test and Babar Azam as ODI and T20I captains while announcing the new list of centrally contracted players. Head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq congratulated both Azhar and Babar for getting captaincy extensions.

“I want to congratulate Azhar Ali and Babar Azam for getting captaincy extensions. This is absolutely the right decision as they also require certainty and clarity on their future roles,” he said.

“I am sure they will now start looking to the future and start planning so that they can build sides that can perform at the expected levels,” Misbah added.

It must be noted that last year in October, PCB sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed from the captaincy in all formats of the game. Azhar and Babar was appointed as Test and T20I captain respectively but ODI charge was uncleared before today’s clarification.

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