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PCB considers Azhar Ali’s removal as ODI captain

ISLAMABAD: The axe might soon fall on ODI captain Azhar Ali as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering removing him after a dismal performance against England in the ongoing five-match ODI series.

England beat Pakistan by 44 runs in the first ODI, while in the second ODI the visitors were defeated by four wickets. Most recently, Pakistan suffered an embarrassing 169-run defeat in the third ODI, losing the series 3-0.

A PCB official told APP on Wednesday that after the team’s poor show, there have been talks in the board for the dismissal of Azhar as captain.

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“After this series, Pakistan will play a series against the West Indies, New Zealand and Australia,” he said. “There are chances that a new captain may be given the responsibility in these upcoming series.”

Friends feed sweets to Pakistan’s newly-appointed T20 cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed to celebrate his appointment during a press conference at a academy in Karachi on April 5, 2016. -AFP

Friends feed sweets to Pakistan’s newly-appointed T20 cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed to celebrate his appointment during a press conference at a academy in Karachi on April 5, 2016. -AFP

The official said that vice-captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed is the most likely and suitable replacement.

“If Azhar is removed, then definitely Sarfraz will be given the responsibility” he said. –APP