Babar Azam, the backbone of Pakistan’s batting line-up across all the formats, has been chosen as the skipper of the One-Day International (ODI) format.
On Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) denounced the renewed central contracts list which comprises of Babar’s name in the A category on behalf of his performance.
Earlier, in 2019, when Sarfaraz Ahmed was axed from the captaincy role of all three forms of cricket after the arrival of new management within the board, Babar Azam was elected as the skipper of T20Is. The place for ODI’s captain was remained vacant as Pakistan didn’t have any ODI match in the near future. However, Azhar Ali was chosen as the captain of the test format, he also has been promoted to category A.
Babar Azam appointed as ODI’s skipper: PCB
Surprisingly, there are only three players in the newly released centrally contracted list of the players; Babar Azam, Azhar Ali, and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Misbah ul Haq, the head coach-cum chief selector, has congratulated the three players of category “A” for their deserving promotion.
“I want to congratulate Azhar Ali and Babar Azam for getting captaincy extensions. This is absolutely the right decision as they also require certainty and clarity on their future roles. I am sure they will now start looking to the future and start planning so that they can build sides that can perform at the expected levels,” he said according to the PCB’s press release.
It is to be noted that the senior pacers, M. Amir, and Wahab Riaz have lost their contracts. Along with them, Hassan Ali also is no more a part of the central contracts list.
“The selectors have made the tough decisions to leave out Amir, Hasan, and Wahab but considering Hasan missed most of the season due to an injury and Amir and Wahab decided to focus on white-ball cricket, this was the right move,” PCB’s official in a statement released by the PCB.
“Amir and Wahab are senior and experienced bowlers and they remain in contention as we believe they can still contribute to the Pakistan men’s cricket team and also mentor our young battery of fast bowlers,” he added.