No threat to my captaincy: Azhar Ali

By Our Sports Editor

Lahire: Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali on Thursday dismissed as rumoured rumours that he might lose his spot, saying that the PCB had not yet spoken to him about the matter. 

It is being speculated that Babar Azam could replace Azhar as the next Test Captain after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan said he could not confirm whether Azhar would be captain of the New Zealand tour. 

“The PCB never spoke to me about this, and I also know about these rumours via the internet, so I’m not in a position to say anything about it,” Azhar told the media at a virtual conference in Karachi. 

The veteran of the 81 Tests was elected Test Captain last year in October and in May the PCB announced him as captain of the 2020/21 International Test Championship. Wasim Khan had said that there would be a meeting on 11 November in which a decision on the captaincy test would be made. 

“It makes no sense to think about these things when I’m concentrating on first-class games and international cricket. Look, if anyone talks about this officially, I’ll be in a position to say something, “Azhar said. 

The 35-year-old maintained that captainship was not a burden on him, claiming that even last year when Pakistan was not doing well in Australia, some speculations about his future captainship were being debated. 

Meany believes that Azhar could face the axe as a captain for his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan on reforms in Pakistan’s domestic structure. Apparently, the meeting did not satisfy the PCB, which said that the players were contracted and should not be commenting on the board’s policy issues. 

Azhar had been struggling for runs during the recent England tour, but he rugged back to form in the final test with a classy century in the first innings that saved Pakistan’s rain-hit match.     

 

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