Azhar Ali: Pakistan ODI captain replaced by Sarfraz Ahmed

Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed

Batsman Azhar Ali has stepped down as Pakistan’s one-day international captain following their 4-1 series defeat by Australia last month.

Azhar, 31, became ODI skipper after the 2015 World Cup, and led the side to 12 wins and 18 defeats in the format.

He will be replaced by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, 29, who already leads the Twenty20 side.

Pakistan next visit West Indies at the end of March to play two T20 games, three ODIs and three Tests.

They currently sit eighth in the International Cricket Council’s ODI team rankings,