Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali has rubbished claims of losing Test captaincy to Babar Azam. The speculation took place after various media reports claimed that Azhar Ali could lose his captaincy due to his poor run in the prior series against England. Ali scored one century during that tour but wasn’t at his best with the bat also.
“The PCB has not spoken to me about this and I also know about these rumors through the media so I am not in a position to say anything on this,” Azhar told the media in a virtual conference in Karachi.
“What can I say when no one has spoken to me on this subject for now I just think these are only rumours and nothing else.
“It makes no sense to think about these things because I am focussing on the first class matches and international cricket. Look when anyone talks to be about this officially then I will be in a position to say something,” said Azhar.
Pakistan set to host Zimbabwe for limited-overs series
Pakistan named 15-man squad for the first One-Day International against Zimabawe at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Friday. The hosts left out senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez from the squad. Hafeez was originally named in the preliminary squad for the ODI series against Zimbawe.
Young fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain was also not picked in the squad while vice-captain Shadab Khan was unavailable for selection after being ruled out of the first match due to stiffness in his left upper-leg. Premier batsman Babar Azam will lead the side for the three-ODI series.
Zimbabwe are scheduled to face Pakistan for three ODI matches and as many T20Is. The series will get underway with the first of three-ODI series which gets underway from October 30 and will conclude with the final game on November 3.
The T20I series will get underway after a three-day break on November 7 and will conclude with the final game on the 10th.