The big story: Azhar Ali steps down from captaincy duties

Pakistan’s Azhar Ali relinquished captaincy duties in One-Day International cricket in the wake of his country still reeling from the after-effects of a miserable tour of Australia, where they were comprehensively beaten across formats.

After Ali took over the reins in 2015, Pakistan slipped to an all-time low of ninth in the ODI rankings, losing 18 of the 30 matches they played under him. Apart from the recent 1-4 loss to Australia, there were also crushing defeats for Pakistan in England (1-4) and Bangladesh (0-3). The team also managed to only scrape through to the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 narrowly.

The pressure on the 31-year-old Ali mounted ever since they were routed in England, but he stayed on and masterminded a 3-0 win against lowly West Indies in the United Arab Emirates. Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan’s Twenty20 International skipper, is expected to be handed the ODI captaincy too.

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