PCB to decide Azhar’s fate after ongoing ODI series

PCB to decide Azhar’s fate after ongoing ODI series
Azhar Ali
Shukriya Pakistan

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Shaharyar Khan has stated that decision regarding Azhar Ali’s captaincy in ODIs will be taken after the ongoing series against Australia.

The 82-year old chairman criticised the poor performance from Pakistan in the 50-over format series that they have already lost by 3-1, however, they have one more game to play on Thursday.

Khan told Daily Express that he does not want to comment on the current ODI skipper in the middle of the series.

“I don’t want to talk about Azhar Ali in the middle of the series,” he said. “We will decide about the captaincy once the ongoing series finishes,” he added.

The PCB boss blasted Men in Green’s poor fielding performance in the series, “Team’s performance was extremely poor, especially in the fielding department,” he said. “In the third ODI, the fielders missed some chances, but in the fourth match they dropped five catches. How can you expect [Pakistan] to win a match with that performance?”

Shaharyar Khan also talked about Misbah Ul Haq and told that the board has left the decision solely on the 42-year old, the board wants to give the most successful Test skipper of Pakistan a fitting send off.

“We have left the decision of retirement on Misbah, as he can decide what’s best for him,” he said. “There is still some time left before the start of the new series. We are not thinking on the lines of giving him a farewell match, but he is our most successful captain in the Test format, so we want to give him a fitting send off.”

The board’s chairman showed complete support for the selection committee and coined lack of preparation as the reason for disastrous performances in New Zealand and Australia.

“Winning or losing is a part of the game, but you cannot put the blame on one person or one department,” he said. “Team’s preparation was not up to the mark, which is why I believe we lost badly in New Zealand and Australia.

He also mulled about sending a team full of youngsters to West Indies, “There is domestic cricket going on, and then Pakistan Super League (PSL) is also coming up. So we are hopeful of sending a team full of youngsters on the West Indies.”