Selection Committee to Decide on Pakistan’s World Cup Team & Captain on Friday

Members of the Pakistan cricket selection committee will fly to Dubai on Friday where they will hold meetings with the captain, senior players coach and management.

During the series of meetings, a probable squad for the World Cup 2019 would be finalized, sources close to the matter told ProPakistani.

The selection committee will also ponder upon its options for the post of captaincy in the ODIs and will present a name or two to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani upon their return.

As per our sources, Sarfraz Ahmed, who is the second most successful captain after Shoaib Malik, is most likely to be retained as the captain.


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Under Sarfraz’s captaincy team Pakistan have played 28 matches in two years and emerged victorious in 18 of them including the famous Champions Trophy title in 2017.

Green Shirts winning average under Sarfraz’s leadership (in ODIs) stands at 65.55 which is only 1 percent less than Shoaib Malik’s during his captaincy tenure back in 2007 to 2009.

Chief selector Inzimam ul Haq, cricket committee members Misbah ul Haq and Wasim Akram and other cricket greats including Javed Miandad, Saleem Yousuf and Shahid Afridi have opposed the notion of Sarfraz’s removal as ODI skipper.

“Sarfraz is learning and improving as a captain, and I don’t think there should be any debate about his captaincy,” Haq said.


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A similar reaction came from Miandad and Saleem who opined that ups and downs are the aspects of life, a captain should not be judged from one or two bad series.

The debate broke out when PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, said that the decision to retain Sarfraz on the post would be taken after the consultation with the selection committee.

Sarfraz, while responding to a question during a post-match presser, said he was ready to step down if asked by the board, adding that such debates during an ongoing series impact the dressing room environment.