5 candidates who could replace Sarfaraz Ahmed as Pakistan's ODI captain

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  1. Del
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    he end is nigh for Mr Captain. It must be. As put here brilliantly, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Pakistan did not meet the minimum criteria for captains to retain their role post-World Cup.

    It brings us to the next part of the discussion. Who’s next in line for the ODI captaincy? One of this quintet could be:

    Imad Wasim
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    Imad Wasim is one of the leading candidates to replace Sarfaraz Ahmed. — Photo: PCB
    The clearest indication of Imad Wasim’s growing stature in the team came when his was the second press conference, right after Sarfaraz’s solo. And in the face of some burning, and some usually stupid questions, he held his own. Where Sarfaraz had deemed himself satisfied with his team’s non-semi-final-making performance, Wasim saw it as unsatisfactory — a sign that he sets his sights higher than the incumbent.

    At a personal level too, he had a pretty good World Cup, averaging 54 with the bat at a strike rate of 118.24 — both significantly higher than his career numbers. He even saved the country’s blushes against Afghanistan with a man-of-the-match knock.

    Why he will be captain: He bats well, bowls well, fields reasonably well, speaks well, carries himself well, and as the Afghanistan game showed, he can rise to the occasion as well.

    Why he won’t be captain: He bats well, bowls well, fields reasonably well — but doesn’t do either better than everybody else. He doesn’t have a set specialty and as Sanjay Manjrekar would put it, is a 'bits and pieces' player. He was also born in Wales and has never been quite as loved by the fans as some of the local-born.

    Babar Azam

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    Babar Azam carried the Pakistani batting line-up on his back in World Cup 2019. — Photo: AFP
    The debate today is that the captain should at least be the second or third-best player if not THE best player. By that logic, Babar Azam should be the man. He is easily Pakistan’s best and the most consistent performer and is a regular in all formats. He upped his career average of 50-plus to 67.71 at the World Cup.

    The fact that he sat alongside Imamul Haq in the third and final PCB press conference upon returning home is a sign that he is in the discussion.

    Why he will be captain: He is the first name on the teamsheet in all three formats, and is nowhere near his peak even. He will be a regular in the side for the next 10 years, and if the team is to be built around someone, it should be him.

    Why he won’t be captain: He is not captaincy material. Some people have it in them, some people don’t. He doesn’t. It’s not to say that there haven’t been examples where athletes have grown into the leadership role but Azam, to be brutally honest, doesn’t seem so. He is a gem, and a superstar in the making but captain he is not.

    Imam ul Haq
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    Imam ul Haq had a decent if not spectacular World Cup campaign. — Photo: AFP
    The most infuriating entry on the list is the chief selector’s nephew. Imam ul Haq is arguably the most disliked player Pakistan has produced in a very long time. The mere mention of him triggers nepotism allegations.
    But remove the hate-tinted glasses and you’ll find that he averages 54.48 per ODI innings — a number even higher than Azam’s. His average in World Cup 2019 was down to 38.12, but he did make that century against Bangladesh. He also is just 23.

    But even more than his bat, it’s his silver tongue that puts him in the conversation. Watch how he dictated the press conference where Azam was a mere spectator.

    Why he will be captain: He is the chief selector’s nephew.

    Why he won’t be captain: He is the chief selector’s nephew.

    Shadab Khan
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    Shadab Khan looks set to have a long and fruitful international career. — Photo: AFP
    The young leggie makes the list solely because he is a regular and a decent performer in both shorter formats. He is confident, has an ODI bowling average of 29 and can bat as well.

    In the seven World Cup 2019 outings, he picked up nine wickets which isn't a lot but doesn't reflect the crucial breakthroughs he got for his side. Most of his victims were key frontline batsmen such as Jason Roy, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Quinton de Kock.

    Why he will be captain: He is just 20. If a decision is taken in his favour and it works out well, Pakistan will be set with captaincy for the next decade and beyond.

    Why he won’t be captain: He is just 20 and although is a fierce competitor in the field, appears rather shy in front of the cameras. In a dressing room where 'grouping' is a chronic menace, he could have trouble managing the older egos in check.

    Azhar Ali
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    The retired Azhar Ali could be a stop-gap captain until a better candidate is found. — Photo: AFP
    Then there exists a minority view that wants Azhar Ali to be forced out of retirement and made a stop-gap captain until a better candidate is found. The logic being that even though he had last played an ODI for Pakistan a year and a half ago before retiring, he had done so with a heavy heart. There is still international cricket left in him, they say, pointing towards his recent rich vein of form with Somerset.

    Why he will be captain: Shoaib Malik has retired, and Mohammad Hafeez will most likely be dropped. There will be a spot to be filled with a specialist batsman, and Ali fits the bill. Furthermore, the last time he was made the ODI captain, he hadn’t been in the side for two years. If it happens now it’s not something that hasn’t happened before.

    Why he won’t be captain: He is retired and the theory of him playing Lazarus and leading the side seems far-fetched at best.

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  2. BuccalSingh
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    Imad can be our OD and t20 captain, but he will need to be persistent with bat in onedayer and bat up the order.
     
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    Babar Azam - Could be groomed. Although even Inzamam never looked like captaincy material until he was given the charge. The best choice at this point if they decide to goom someone alongside Sarfaraz.

    Azhar Ali - Was given the chance and was the worst captain we had in the past decade. So definitely No No.

    Imad - Can lead in ODI and T20 but some question mark on his capability as a specialist spinner but if he consistently improves his batting then can be a good choice.

    Imam - If he continues to perform consistently as Babar then definitely he is captaincy material. At present, he is too young and not sure if he can manage folks older than him in the team

    Shadab - He is an automatic selection in ODI and t20 but like Imam, is too young to manage folks older than him in the team
     
  4. Patriot
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    No.

    stick to Sarfraz

    we don't have any decent Keeper to replace him yet and we all saw how the team did under malik captaincy
     
  5. BuccalSingh
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    Stick with Sarf till T20 WC, if Sarf doesn't deliver and Imad improves his batting, then Imad should be made captain in T20 and Onedayer.
    In test Sarf simply shouldn't continue as captain as he has been very very poor.
     
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    agree, he should be removed from test captaincy, too much burden
     
  7. s_h_a_f
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    Azhar Ali? Is this a bad joke? Might aswell stick to Sarfaraz.
     
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    Lol Azhar Ali being mentioned again. My god these journalists have short term memory. Azhar Ali literally got taken off captaincy cause he was a terrible captain. Let the guy retire in peace Jesus.

    Any who my pic is Imad Wasim.
     
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    In test, Asad Shafiq should be made captain. He did a decent job in the test match against Australia when Sarfraz was injured.
     
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    Stick with Sarfraz until the 2020 World Cup.

    We only have 6 ODIs scheduled over the next 15 months anyway.
     
  11. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto
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    Asad Shafiq is THE BEST we have.

    Very cool minded, mentally very mature, very intelligent and a fielder of Shadab's caliber. Can't bat worse than Sarfaraz.
     
  12. godzilla
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    NONE of those thank you.
     
  13. Bilal123
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    When cricket is done on the field fans start these threads to pass time and hopefully thats all this will be too.

    Sarfraz is still the best option. End of.
     
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    Needs to lose the weight to lead from the front.
     
  15. Don Quixote
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    I disagree with all the choices.

    Imad Wasim: Unreliable batsman and bowler in the ODI format, he is an almost part-timer with the ball.

    Azhar Ali: He is 34 already, would have been better if we had stuck with him (virtually), but no to anyone above 30, as we have to build a team full youngsters for the next world cup.

    Babar Azam: He is a good ODI batsman, but has an almost zero personality. So a big no.

    Shadab Khan: He should first give some consistent performances against good teams, before considering him. His batting is also rubbish in ODI cricket. So far he is not the right choice at all.

    Imam ul Haq: First of all he is mashrot, this alone should cancel his chances of captaincy. Anyways, his ODI batting record is highly inflated. He has no captaincy experience in domestic cricket. So, no.

    My choice would be Rizwan, as he can be the only one who can fit in all the formats, as he is the best WK batsman we have in the country. He is the fittest as well. He is young. He has got captaincy experience as well. It may be an unpopular opinion, but there is no other suitable option. I would prefer one captain for all formats. If not Rizwan, then it would be better to stick with Sarfraz, at least till the T20I WC.
     
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    I don't believe in all this changing tbh. These people might not be great but trust me you don't want Aqib Javed types working with this team. Sarfraz has been captain and is starting to understand. Why change him now?? Instead appoint a vice captain who will be a future captain.


    Make Asad Shafiq Test captain and keep Sarfraz for limited overs.
     
  17. Bilal123
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    Preparing for next world cup doesn't mean replacing a captain. A captain who has been groomed since u19 days. He's a winner when it comes to tournaments.

    Rather use the next 4 years to improve fielding, fitness and bench strength. Next WC is in India. Look for a decent spinner who is a wicket taker or develop Shadab to become one. Look for 2 solid middle order players who have a power game, a no. 5 and 6.
    Look for a opener who can take the game on in first 10 overs and bat big.

    Don't mess with captain.
     
  18. thair9999
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    With current team the only choice is ......................... "Sarfraz"
     
  19. BuccalSingh
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    PCB wants a senior our skip Test team, since Azhar shouldn't be considered coz of his captaincy record the only option left might be asad.
    Though PCB is dumb enough to bring back azhar as skipper.
     

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