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Azhar Ali set to be replaced as Pakistan Test captain

Azhar Ali
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A little over one year into his role as the Test captain of the Pakistan team, middle-order batsman Azhar Ali is set to be replaced from the role. It is being reported that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is contemplating appointing someone younger for the role.

According to ESPNCricinfo, the name of Pakistan’s aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan is doing rounds for the role of their next Test team captain. Middle-order batsman and T20 star Babar Azam is also being considered for the role of the Test captain. Babar is currently the captain of Pakistan’s limited-overs teams. He, like Azhar, had replaced Sarfaraz Khan for the role.

The report added that Pakistan are mulling the change ahead of their winter tour to New Zealand set in December. The decision will be taken in about 10 days to come as PCB chairman, who will take the final call on the matter, is yet to meet Azhar. PCB CEO Wasim Khan has already met the incumbent captain Azhar in the meantime.

Azhar looked off colour during Pakistan’s tour of England in August-September wherein his side lost the three-match Test series 1-0 and drew the three-match Twenty20 International series 1-0.