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Another chance:  Can Azhar Ali resurrect dying Pakistan’s cricket

Pakistan on Monday announced Azhar Ali will lead the one-day team in their forthcoming series against the West Indies, despite calls for his removal following a 4-1 ODI defeat against England earlier this month. Ali has been widely criticized for his unimaginative captaincy since taking over from Misbah-ul-Haq, who retired from the 50-over format following the World Cup last year. He has led his country to 15 losses in 25 matches, with nine wins and one no result. The team has dropped to ninth in the one-day rankings. Sarfraz Ahmed, who had been tipped to replace Ali as one-day skipper, will lead the side in the three-match Twenty20 series starting in Dubai from Friday. Pakistan has long suffered in cricket’s shorter formats and their elevation in Test rankings comes not just on the back of experience, but stability at the helm and putting to good use their strengths and weaknesses. However, the same cannot be said about the team’s ODI line-up. Long gone are the days when the team used to play attacking cricket and while the rest of the world has moved on from attacking to overly aggressive, Pakistan has taken steps in the opposite direction. Bursts of aggression have only taken the team so far, and the opposition has exploited the aspect. An inconsistent selection pattern, together with a habit of giving chances to tried and tested players over and over again, mean Pakistan look like a lost soul when they don the coloured jerseys. Ali may have been given another chance but in the short period of time, he has been at the helm; he has struggled and looked clueless on the field. Some critics even question his place in the ODI playing-eleven. But the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) clearly believes in giving the 31-year-old another chance. 

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