Sarfaraz Ahmed retained as Pakistan captain, Babar Azam made vice-captain

Sarfaraz Ahmed has been retained as Pakistan captain for 3 ODIs and three T20Is in opposition to Sri Lanka in Karachi and Lahore later this month. The PCB have been appointing Sarfaraz on a series-by-series foundation and there had been hypothesis that they might not retain him after Pakistan didn’t make it to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

The PCB had already chosen to move on from Mickey Arthur who had been the Pakistan coach on the World Cup and Sarfaraz’s performances, as captain and participant, had not been the most effective. The 32-year previous wicketkeeper has made 621 runs from his last 29 innings at a median of 32, with solely 4 fifties.

However maybe inspired by the best way Pakistan ended their World Cup marketing campaign, with 4 wins in a row and solely lacking out on the semi-finals on web run-rate, each the PCB and new coach Misbah-ul-Haq have given him their full backing. The board has additionally appointed the 24-year previous Babar Azam as vice-captain in each codecs.

In an announcement to the media, Sarfaraz mentioned he was “honoured” to be re-appointed and that he’ll do all he can to extend Pakistan’s consistency. “I’m conscious we’ve not accomplished justice to our potential in ODIs, which has dissatisfied us in addition to our followers,” he mentioned. “I’m hopeful we will flip issues round within the coming season and on this relation. I stay dedicated to stepping as much as the problem with my performances and captaincy.

“I even have full religion in my staff, which has again and again proven expertise, class and charisma it possesses. The one factor lacking has been consistency, which Misbah-ul-Haq and I want to focus and enhance throughout all departments of the sport. I guarantee all our followers we is not going to go away any stone unturned in our preparations for the forthcoming assignments and can do our greatest to translate these preparations into strong performances.”

Babar, who’s ranked 16th in Assessments, third in ODIs and No. 1 in T20Is, has earlier management expertise, albeit on the Beneath-19 stage when he captained Pakistan on the World Cup in 2012.

Misbah, who final week had expressed the need to construct a staff that may not solely dominate opponents however can even struggle its approach by way of once they get behind in a recreation, mentioned he was nicely positioned to deliver out the most effective of Sarfaraz contemplating they’d labored collectively as Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper for a very long time in Check cricket.

“I need to congratulate Sarfaraz on his affirmation as Pakistan captain and Babar on his appointment as vice-captain. Each are one of the gifted and exceptionally gifted Pakistan cricketers and completely deserve these assignments.

“Consistency backed up by good efficiency has been my yardstick for recommending Sarfaraz as captain. Moreover, I feel I’m higher positioned to get the most effective out of Sarfaraz as I do know him higher than many of the cricketers as he has performed most of his cricket underneath my captaincy. I’ve at all times been an admirer of his dedication and the power he brings to the aspect.”