It was like swimming against the flow of the tide: Azhar Ali


Azhar Ali stepped down as Pakistan’s One-Day International captain as well Test vice-captaincy on Thursday (February 9), because he wants to only focus on his batting ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

After Pakistan’s 4-1 loss in Australia last month, there were many people who questioned on Ali’s captaincy as the Pakistan Cricket Board as well as the chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had decided to appoint Sarfraz Ahmed as the new ODI skipper.

Ali told AFP, “I want to focus more on batting. That’s why I also left the Test vice-captaincy as this is the right time to further improve my batting.”

Azhar told Wisden India, “It was an honor leading Pakistan team and I tried my best but results did not come.”

He said about his decision. “It was like swimming against the flow of the tide which was not correct. I thank my players and the team for their support. I think this is not the right team to seek captaincy or vice-captaincy.”

Pakistan will play three ODIs, two Twenty20 Internationals and three Tests against the West Indies in March-April 2017.