Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has retained Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain of Pakistan Cricket Team for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka. The decision was reportedly made after recommendation made by ex-Pakistan captain and current head coach and chairman of selectors Misbah-ul-Haq along with the PCB Cricket Committee. Babar Azam has been named the vice-captain of the team. The appointments were confirmed by Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman.
Sarfaraz’s position in the team came into question after the team could not qualify to the semi-finals in the 50 over world cup this years. He was leading the team as a captain since early 2017 and even captained them to their maiden Champions Trophy win that Overall, he has led Pakistan in 13 Tests (4 wins), 48 ODIs (26 wins) and 34 T20Is (29 wins).
On his appointment as a captain Sarfaraz said, “I feel humbled and honoured to have been awarded an extension to my captaincy term. I have enjoyed captaining the Pakistan cricket team and look forward to improving my leadership qualities under the new set-up of Misbah-ul-Haq who also has a proven record as captain. ”
“I have played most of my cricket under Misbah and we know each other pretty well. I think we will make a good combination, which will contribute to improved performances of the side across all formats. ”
“I am aware we have not done justice to our potential in ODIs, which has disappointed us as well as our fans. I am hopeful we will be able to turn things around in the coming season and in this relation. I remain committed to stepping up to the challenge with my performances and captaincy,” he further added.
The selection committee on September 16 will announce a 19-member probable for the T20I and ODI. The final team will be announced on September 23.
Earlier, 10 top Sri Lankan cricketers denied to play the upcoming tour of Pakistan citing security concerns which has questioned the credibility of the PCB for Pakistan being an isolated venue for world cricket for many years since an attack on Sri Lankan players bus took place in 2009.