Babar Azam Becomes Pakistan’s New ODI Captain

Babar Azam Becomes Pakistan’s New ODI Captain

Babar Azam Becomes Pakistan’s New ODI Captain

Pakistan T20I captain Babar Azam will now be the captain for white-ball formats as he was handed the captaincy for ODIs. 

Pakistani player Babar Azam has elevated his role as a T20I captain to an ODI captain as well after the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) announcement. It was only about 15 months ago when Azam took charge of T20Is and now he becomes the official white-ball captain of the team. 

Aside from Azam, Azhar Ali also earned a captaincy extension as he was retained to be the Test captain of the team. With that, both Azam and Ali had been congratulated by head coach and national selector Misbah-ul-Haq. 

The head coach said, ‘This is absolutely the right decision as they also require certainty and clarity on their future roles. I am sure they will now start looking to the future and start planning so that they can build sides that can perform at the expected levels’.

Azam is best known as one of the best ODI batsmen who has an average of 54.17. In fact, he ranks as no.3 next to Indian players Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. 

The 25-year-old player also has experiences in leading the national team in the 2012 U-19 World Cup. He had also captained the Central Punjab team at the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy as well as the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League in absence of its regular captain. 

To date, the fate of Pakistan’s tour of England which comprises of three ODIs and T20Is remains to be uncertain as it hasn’t been discussed by the board yet. To further understand these formats, visit Betwala. 

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