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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has hinted that Sarfraz Ahmed will be removed as ODI captain following the national team’s elimination from the World Cup.
Malik, who retired from ODI cricket after Pakistan won their last group stage match against Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord’s on Friday, said that the next ODI captain needs to be given at least two years to make his presence felt.
Pakistan had to beat Bangladesh by over 300 runs to advance to the World Cup semi-finals, but since they failed to do so, New Zealand joined Australia, India and England in the last four.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) previously confirmed that a thorough review would be held after the conclusion of the men in green’s World Cup campaign.
Not only will the board look at whether Sarfraz should continue on as captain, but a decision will be taken on whether to extend the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
While it remains to be seen whether Sarfraz is stripped of the captaincy or retains the role, Malik has suggested that someone else will occupy the position.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 5, 2019
“Whoever is the next ODI captain, give him at least two years in the job,” Malik was quoted as saying by Saj Sadiq on Twitter.