Sarfaraz to Remain Captain of Pakistan, New Vice-Captain Appointed

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has retained Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain of the national team while Babar Azam will be the new vice-captain for the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka.

The wicket-keeper batsman was handed over the reins of the national team in April 2016, and a year later in 2017, he was appointed as the all-format captain of Pakistan cricket team. One of his biggest achievements during this period is the Champions Trophy triumph in 2017. Pakistan has also been consistently at the top of T20I rankings in the last year or so.

Until now, he has captained Pakistan in 13 Tests, 48 ODIs and 34 T20Is. He boasts an impressive record in T20Is, winning 29 out of the 34 games he has captained in.

Babar Azam has been Pakistan’s run-machine ever since his introduction at the top stage. He is the top-ranked T20I batsman in the world. Babar has already captained Pakistan Under 19 at the 2012 edition of the Junior World Cup.

The appointments were confirmed by PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani, following recommendations made by Pakistan head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq and the PCB Cricket Committee.

Sarfaraz expressed his joy on the decision, saying:

I feel humbled and honored 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”, he further added.

The new head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq added that he can get the best out of Sarfaraz as he knows him personally considering the two have been playing together in the national team over the years.

Consistency has been my yardstick for recommending Sarfaraz as captain. Furthermore, I think I am better placed to get the best out of Sarfaraz as I know him better than most of the cricketers as he has played most of his cricket under my captaincy.

“I have emphasized on changing the dressing room culture and mind-set of the players to achieve better results, and I believe Sarfaraz is a perfect fit to help me attain these objectives”, Misbah said during a press conference earlier today.

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