Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday sacked Azhar Ali as captain of the Test crew, changing the skilled participant with white-ball skipper Babar Azam forward of the impending excursion of New Zealand.
PCB showed the advance in a remark.
Babar, 26, is now Pakistan captain throughout all 3 codecs and his first task would be the ICC World Test Championship fixtures towards New Zealand, which will probably be performed in Mount Maunganui and Christchurch from December 26-30 and January 3-7.
Azhar has been changed regardless of PCB in May backing him as Test captain for all the 2020-21 global season.
Azhar, 35 and Pakistan’s maximum skilled Test participant within the present facet with 81 appearances, has at all times been noticed because the fall-guy in Pakistan cricket and he was once knowledgeable in regards to the PCB’s resolution after assembly with = chairman Ehsan Mani on Tuesday in Lahore.
Azhar additionally led Pakistan in ODIs from 2015-2017 earlier than deciding to step down because of deficient effects.
His elimination got here after he was once appointed as Test captain closing 12 months and Babar captain in white ball codecs in October following the verdict by way of the board to sack wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed from all codecs.
Azhar led Pakistan in 8 Tests since closing 12 months however dropping the collection in England this summer season ended in his sacking despite the fact that he scored a captain’s century within the ultimate Test.
“I need to thank Azhar Ali for stepping up closing 12 months by way of captaining the facet in what was once a historical first house Test collection in over a decade.
“I consider Azhar nonetheless has numerous cricket left in him and Pakistan cricket can proceed to make the most productive use of his revel in and information as a consultant top-order batsman transferring ahead,” stated Mani in a remark.
Talking about Babar, he stated: “Babar Azam was once recognized at an excessively younger age as a long term chief and as a part of his development and building, he was once appointed white-ball captain closing 12 months.
“With his constant efficiency and management talents, he has demonstrated that he’s in a position to take at the further duties of a captain.”
Babar stated he felt honoured to had been appointed Test captain.
“I will be able to now say with conviction that desires can come true provided that you chase them with honesty, determination and dedication.
“I’m in a position and ready to absorb the extra accountability and the object that provides me further self belief that I will be able to do the activity is the revel in this is to be had to me within the converting room within the form of the avid gamers and beef up body of workers.”
PCB is sending a 55-member cricket contingent to New Zealand later this month. The squad will probably be introduced later this week.