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Azhar Ali Named ODI Captain Of Pakistan

Azhar Ali Named ODI Captain Of Pakistan
Azhar Ali will lead Pakistan in the ODIs following the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq in the 50-over format after the World Cup.
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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan on Monday has confirmed the appointment of Azhar Ali as the captain of Pakistan's One-Day International side following the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq after the 2015 World Cup.

Azhar who was not part of the Pakistan's World Cup squad will lead the ODI side against Bangladesh next month.

Despite not being considered in Pakistan's ODI set-up for more than two years, Azhar got the backing of Misbah and coach Waqar Younis which turned the tide in the 30-year-old's favour.

Azhar has scored 452 runs in 14 outings at an average of 41.09 in the 50-over format.

“Azhar has proved he can be captain and [has shown his mettle in] batting,” said Shahryar addressing the media.

Meanwhile Misbah will continue to lead Pakistan in the Test format with Azhar as his deputy while Shahid Afridi will captain the team in Twenty20 Internationals.

Sarfraz Ahmed who had a decent outing for Pakistan in the World Cup has been named the vice-captain in ODIs and T20Is.

Haroon Rasheed will replace Moin Khan as chief selector with the other members of the selection committee are Saleem Jaffar, Azhar Khan and Kabir Khan

Pakistan had a disappointing World Cup after being eliminated from the tournament with a defeat to Australia in the quarter-finals.

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