Azhar retained as Pakistan ODI captain, Yasir dropped


Azhar Ali has been kept on as Pakistan's captain for their one-day international series against Australia despite questions over his position in the side.

Earlier this month, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan was less than effusive in his praise for Azhar.

Khan said the PCB did not have confidence in Azhar's leadership skills, claiming that his place was "on shaky ground".

Nevertheless, on Friday Azhar was chosen to lead a 15-man squad in five ODIs against Australia, beginning at the Gabba on January 13.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah and seamer Sohail Khan have been dropped from the team that defeated West Indies 3-0 in the United Arab Emirates in September and October while Mohammad Irfan, who missed that series, returns.

"The ODI team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in Australia and the performances of players in the recent ODI series against West Indies and in the domestic cricket," said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

"The team is a fine blend of experience and youth, and the selectors have decided to stick to the same combination of players selected against West Indies series earlier and we believe that team will do well in the tour."

Pakistan squad:

Azhar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan.