The decision was taken after Azhar informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan in a meeting in Dubai that he will step down as the captain of the national team.
It should be mentioned here that Azhar Ali led series against Australia which ended in miserable 1-4 rout.He will be replaced by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, 29, who already leads the Twenty20 side.PCB chairman Shahryar Khan announced it on Thursday as Azhar Ali quits the captaincy.
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Despite copping a lot of flak for his leadership in the fifty over game it is believed that Azhar Ali will take over from Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq when he decides to retire from the game. Pakistan played 10 ODI series under Azhar.Due to his aggressive nature and good record he was made T20 captain of Pakistani team in April 2016. They rose one place since, to at least be in the running for direct qualification to the 2019 World Cup, but they only scraped into this year’s Champions Trophy. Azhar chose to stay on, however, and led Pakistan to a 3-0 whitewash of West Indies in the UAE. In the recently-concluded ODI series loss against Australia, he had scores of 24, 7 and 6 in his three appearances. Two of them have come against Zimbabwe and one each against Ireland, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Pakistan lost five of them, which includes a whitewash by Bangladesh in his debut series as captain.When asked about Misbah’s captaincy future in Test matches, Shehryar Khan said Misbah he sought some time to reach a final decision.