The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has removed Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain in the Test and Twenty20 formats due to non-performance.
Azhar Ali has been appointed national cricket team captain for Pakistan’s World Test Championship matches in the 2019-20 season, while Babar Azam has been named captain of the No.1 ranked T20I side until next year’s ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020.
“It has been an honour to lead Pakistan at the highest level. I want to thank all my colleagues, coaches and selectors who have helped me in this journey. My good wishes are with Azhar Ali, Babar Azam and the Pakistan cricket team, and I hope they will continue to grow stronger and stronger.” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.
“There is no bigger honour than to captain the Pakistan national cricket team in the pinnacle format of the game,” says Azhar Ali.
“To be named captain of the No.1 ranked side in the world is the biggest thing that has happened to my career to date. I am ready for this challenge and also willing to learn more in the process. Babar Azam said.
Under Sarfaraz Ahmed’s captaincy, Pakistan won the Champions Trophy in 2017 and rose to the top of the T20 rankings, but the tough call from the board comes in the aftermath of the team lost the T20 series from Srilanka.