PCB should admit Azhar error

According to former Pakistan captain, Javed Miandad, appointing Azhar Ali as the national team skipper was a disastrous mistake that the Pakistan Cricket board should admit and rectify.

The captain is under fire after Pakistan shipped a world record 444 against England at Trent Bridge, to go 3-0 down in the five match series against the hosts.

Miandad said: “It is time for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to admit they made a mistake in appointing Azhar as the ODI captain and appoint someone else for the series against the West Indies next month,

“It made no sense to appoint Azhar last year even though he was not in the ODI team since 2013.”

The former skipper believes that wicketkeeper, Sarfaraz Ahmed, should succeed Azhar as captain.

Miandad continued: “One-day cricket has changed a lot since we played and today I think England gave us an abject lesson in how to play 50 overs. We were outclassed and humiliated.”

Another former player, Wasim Akram, would also like to see Sarfaraz take over, telling Geo News: “I think it is the right time to give responsibility to Sarfaraz and make him ODI captain. He is a performer under pressure and he can bring about a change,

Former skipper, Ramiz Raja, is concerned that the pressure’s of leading the ODI side may impact on Azhar’s Test form: “I am just concerned that eventually all this pressure and criticism might affect his Test cricket performances.”

Mohsin Khan, the former opener and head coach, conceded that ODI cricket could pose a far greater challenge to coach, Mickey Arthur.

Mohsin said: “Where are we going in this format. It is going to be a big challenge now for coach Mickey Arthur to replicate his success of the Test matches into limited over cricket,

“It is going to be a tough test for him. While we have a settled Test side and are number one, it is exactly the opposite in ODI cricket.”

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