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In the last few years, the 35-year-old ‘s batting form has been poor, while he has also faced criticism over his captaincy style.
Former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar claims that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) forced Azhar Ali to accept the test captaincy.
In the last couple of years, Azhar’s batting form has been poor, although he has also faced criticism over his captaincy style.
“Azhar didn’t want to be the Test captain in the first place. The responsibility was forced upon him. They [PCB] are unnecessarily putting pressure on him. Now he is about to be replaced,” said Akhtar.
“My suggestion to Azhar is to focus on his game and finally announce that whether he wants to lead the team or not. There is no point in continuing with a sword hanging over your head,” he added.
This should be noted that in October last year, Ali replaced wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed as skipper, but his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding changes in the domestic structure of Pakistan may be one of the reasons why the PCB is keen to remove him from the role. Without informing the PCB, Azhar had visited PM Imran along with head coach Misbhaul Haq and seasoned all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, which won’t go down well with the top brass of the board.
The former speedster Akhtar, advised Azhar to give up his position as captain while talking on a local TV channel and concentrate on his batting instead.