Media reports suggest that Azhar Ali is almost certain to lose Test captaincy and that Mohd. Akram is likely to take over the chief selector’s role from Misbah-ul-Haq. So, here is a look at why Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seems to be all set for a new season of changes.
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Why Azhar Ali Is Likely To Be Sacked As Test Captain
Azhar Ali’s performance as Pakistan’s Test captain hasn’t been up to the mark without a shadow of doubt. Nevertheless, his meeting with Prime Minister alongside Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohd. Hafeez has most definitely irked the decision makers in PCB.
Hence, after dismissing Misbah from the post of chief selector, PCB now seems to be on its way to teaching a lesson to Azhar Ali as well. Either way, the 35 year old must deliver with the bat during the series against New Zealand otherwise, his international career might as well be over.
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Who Is Likely To Replace Azhar Ali
Babar Azam then will most probably become Pakistan’s skipper across formats. Nevertheless, Babar’s own on-field attitude has been a source of concern for influence makers.
Therefore, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if PCB decides to appoint the inform Mohd. Rizwan as the Test captain ahead of him.
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Why Mohd. Akram Is Likely To Replace Misbah-ul-Haq
Media reports and comments from senior cricketers like Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Akhtar suggest that Mohd. Akram is likely to take over the chief selector’s role from Misbah-ul-Haq. CEO, PCB i.e. Wasim Khan off late has preferred cricketers who have lived in England for key appointments. Mohd. Akram too has a similar background and then there should be little surprise if that happens.