Azhar Ali has been in the miserable form since his last few red-ball innings which dragged him in a pool of criticism. After a single impressive knock he played in the final test against England at Southampton, he might be obliged to be on the ledges of Pakistani fans. However, considering his average of the last twenty test matches, the consequences are pathetic which might lead to removing him as a Test skipper.
Azhar Ali’s test captaincy under threat: Reports
Azhar’s performance, from the last few innings, has not been incredible and inspiring. Being the senior-most player of the current Test squad, it was considered his duty to lift the team scoring big. Before Pakistan vs England three-match test series, his last eighteen consecutive Test games were miserable and the masses do not want him to continue as a skipper. Even, a few demanded retirement and sacking him as a player.
As of now, the reports are declaring a hint at his removal, however, no news is circulated officially. However, one of the members of the PCB does not want him to continue as a test captain. Also, after the Misbah ul Haq position was in jeopardy and he has resigned as Pakistan’s chief selector, it might be a threat for Azhar as well.
The masses might witness another test skipper before or after the New Zealand series to be played in upcoming months. However, the Zimbabwe series is nearer and the matches will be commenced by 30th October.
The complete, revised schedule of Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan is listed below:
20 Oct – Zimbabwe arrival in Islamabad
21-27 Oct – Isolation period & practice
28-29 Oct – Practice at Pindi Cricket Stadium
30 Oct – 1st ODI, Pindi Cricket Stadium
1 Nov – 2nd ODI, Pindi Cricket Stadium
3 Nov – 3rd ODI Pindi Cricket Stadium
4 Nov – Travel to Lahore
5-6 Nov – Practice at Gaddafi Stadium
7 Nov – 1st T20I Gaddafi Stadium
8 Nov – 2nd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium
10 Nov – 3rd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium
12 Nov – Zimbabwe departure for Harare