Babar Azam will lead Pakistan within the two-match sequence in New Zealand beginning subsequent month.© AFP
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) introduced on Tuesday Babar Azam will exchange the under-pressure Azhar Ali as Check captain within the two-match sequence in New Zealand beginning subsequent month. Azhar was criticised following Pakistan’s three-wicket defeat in England in August this yr, shedding the three-match sequence 1-0. The PCB mentioned Azam will now be the three-format skipper after assuming the Twenty20 position final yr and one-day captaincy in Could this yr.
“Azam has been appointed as Pakistan Check captain, which now makes him the captain throughout all three codecs. His first task can be to captain Pakistan on New Zealand tour,” mentioned a PCB launch.
Azam turns into the third Pakistan Check captain in 13 months after Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked in October final yr.
Pakistan will play three Twenty20 internationals and two Checks in opposition to the Black Caps, a squad for which is predicted to be introduced on Wednesday.
Azam, who led Pakistan to a 3-Zero whitewash of Zimbabwe within the Twenty20 worldwide sequence on Tuesday, mentioned he was able to take cost.
“I really feel really honoured to have been appointed Check captain,” Azam mentioned within the PCB’s assertion. “I’m prepared and ready to take up the extra duty.”
Azhar led Pakistan in 9 Checks, successful two, shedding 4 and drawing the opposite three.
Pakistan’s three Twenty20 internationals in New Zealand are scheduled for Auckland on December 18, Hamilton two days later and a 3rd at Napier on December 22.
The primary Check is at Mount Maunganui from December 26-30 and the second at Christchurch from January 3-7.
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