Sarfaraz Ahmed sacked as Pakistan captain in Test and T20 cricket

19 Octobre, 2019, 10:10 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Azhar Ali and Babar Azam

Azhar Ali will lead Pakistan in Tests for the 2019-20 season while batsman Babar Azam will guide the T20 squad till the World Cup next year in Australia, announced PCB.

In the clip shared by a journalist on Twitter, players can be seen dancing. This was a pre-planned post as part of the one-year to go #T20WorldCup promotional campaign.

In the wake of Pakistan's dip in form in the recent times, wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed has been sacked as the captain of the national team with immediate effect, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed.

Sarfaraz Ahmed was on Friday sacked as Pakistan's Test and T20 captain following the team's unexpected loss in the home series against Sri Lanka. "I feel humbled, excited and privileged, and with the support of the team, look forward to justifying the faith that has been entrusted upon me for the World Test Championship", Ali had said.

Sarfaraz also captains Omar's owned Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League and led the franchise to its maiden title win in 4th edition after finishing runner-up twice in the past.

"Sarfaraz Ahmed has done an excellent job in transforming raw talent into experienced players and I now look forward to inspiring those skillful players in our endeavours to collectively achieve our World Test Championship objectives and beyond".

"I wish Azhar and Azam the best of luck and thank all the coaches, selectors and officials for helping me in the journey", he is quoted as saying in the release.

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"These are exciting times in Pakistan cricket with a new team management".

Babar Azam, who led the U19 side in the 2012 Cricket World Cup, is also relishing the challenges which are ahead of him. They were ranked at the fifth spot in the teams' rankings of the tournament and could not qualify for the semi-finals.

Azhar previously skippered Pakistan in one Test and 31 one-day internationals between 2015 and 2017, losing 18 and winning 21 with one no result. He was then named captain across all formats following the 2017 tour of the West Indies.

The Men in Green will also play three T20Is each against Australia (3rd, 5th and 8th of November) and Bangladesh before the curtain falls on their worldwide domestic season in early February 2020.

The change in captaincy comes after Pakistan was beaten 3-0 by Sri Lanka last week in a Twenty20 series in Lahore.

Pakistan are also scheduled to play three T20Is each against Australia (November 3, 5 and 8) and Bangladesh.

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