PCB removes Sarfaraz Ahmed as Pakistan’s Test, T20I captain

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Lahore: Sarfaraz Ahmed has been removed today as captain from Test and T20I by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following Pakistan’s dismal performance in the recently concluded T20I series against Sri Lanka.

As per reports, Azhar Ali has been named as Pakistan’s skipper in Tests and Babar Azam will take over as T20I captain. Not only has Sarfaraz lost his captaincy, but due to the “drop-in his overall form”, he has been dropped from both the Test and T20I sides, PCB said.

Babar Azam who will the lead the Pakistan T20I side he will carry forward the legacy of his predecessor under whom the team achieved the No. 1 spot and help the team evolve into a “powerful side”.

Azhar Ali has been made the Test captain for the World Test Championship in the 2019-20 season, while Babar Azam will lead the side in the shortest format shortest until next year’s ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020.

Sarfaraz Ahmed’s dismal batting form and his ordinary result-making have cost him his place as Pakistan’s skipper in two formats. Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq was reportedly unhappy at Sarfaraz’s failure to take responsibility of the team’s clean sweep at the hands of an inexperienced Sri Lanka side and the players’ lack of effort in training.

The outgoing skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said he was honoured to lead the side at the highest level. He also wished the new captains well for the future assignments.

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