Pakistan’s limited-overs captain, Babar Azam, has emerged as the top contender for the Test captaincy. It is widely reported that PCB is unhappy with Azhar Ali as captain and has been looking at different players as his potential replacement.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan were reported to be the top two candidates, but as things stand Babar has been touted as the frontrunner for the Test captaincy.
PCB Cricket Committee has also recommended removing Azhar from captaincy after a poor showing by Pakistan’s Test team in England. The committee has now proposed Babar Azam to be the new captain with Rizwan as his deputy.
According to sources, PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani, has already had a meeting with Babar regarding the matter meaning that he can be appointed as the Test captain for Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand. During the meeting, Mani assured Babar that he will have full authority over the team.
The Cricket Committee has been concerned with Azhar’s poor batting form and his captaincy in the Test series especially the first Test which Pakistan lost despite being in a commanding position. Former fast bowler and current Cricket Committee member, Wasim Akram, has previously criticized Azhar’s captaincy.
Azhar Ali was named as the captain of the Pakistan Test team last year, replacing wicket-keeper, Sarfaraz Ahmed. Azhar has captained Pakistan in 9 tests, losing 4 and winning just 2.