Sarfraz Ahmed to lead Pakistan ODI team

Sarfraz Ahmed is already the Twenty20 captain of Pakistan team

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

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan told AFP in Dubai he was appointed after Azhar Ali stepped down after a string of poor results.

Azhar survived after the 4-1 loss to England but another defeat by the same margin in Australia left him with little alternative but to step down or be axed. Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who is the T20I captain, has replaced Azhar in one-day internationals too.

The captain informed about decision regarding step down from captaincy, said Chairman PCB. He led Pakistan in 31 ODI's, winning 12 and losing 18, while one ended in no result.

Pakistan next visit West Indies at the end of March to play two T20 games, three ODIs and three Tests. Sarfaraz was later appointed the T-20 captain, succeeding Shahid Afridi and has largely been successful in his role.

Pakistan slipped to a record-low ninth in the ODI rankings under Azhar's leadership.

Meanwhile test captain Misbah ul Haq has requested for some time to take decision about his captaincy. Pakistan lost the series 4-1.

There had been calls from several quarters to sack Azhar, who replaced Misbahul Haq as the ODI captain, after an underwhelming stint that saw him win just five of his matches as captain against the top eight sides - all coming against Sri Lanka.

Even though Azhar got a reprieve during the 3-0 hammering of West Indies at UAE, it proved to be a false dawn as Pakistan's inability to adapt to the modern-day aspects of ODI cricket was exposed in Australia.