Despite calls for his removal following a 4-1 One-Day International series defeat against England in England earlier this month, Azhar Ali will lead the 50-over side in the upcoming series against West Indies, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Monday.
A three-match ODI series against West Indies in UAE would start from September 30, while the other two matches will be played on October 2 and October 5, respectively.
Sarfraz Ahmed, who had been tipped to replace Azhar as the captain for the 50-over format, will lead the side in the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series, starting in Dubai from Friday (September 23).Sarfraz replaced, Shahid Afridi who stepped down as Twenty20 captain following Pakistan's first-round exit in the World Twenty20 in India in April.
Meanwhile, Pakistan is currently ranked ninth in ODIs with 86 points, their lowest ever tally since the ranking system was introduced in 2001. Earlier, it was reported that Azhar might resign following Pakistan’s ODI series defeat against England.