In a serious revamp to the Pakistan cricket group, Sarfraz Ahmed has been eliminated as skipper of the Take a look at and T20I outfits forward of the upcoming tour of Australia. In his stead, veteran opener Azhar Ali has been appointed because the Take a look at captain for Pakistan’s engagements within the 2019-20 World Take a look at Championship (WTC) whereas Babar Azam will now lead the T20I facet.
Having misplaced his captaincy within the two codecs, Sarfraz has additionally been axed from each squads with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) press launch citing the wicketkeeper batsman’s total drop in type as the explanation for his ouster.
It’s arguably the most important choice head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has made since taking cost of his new twin position. Pakistan’s Take a look at outcomes had been dipping for a while now with the squad dropping residence collection within the UAE in opposition to Sri Lanka and New Zealand whereas they have been additionally blanked 3-Zero in South Africa earlier this 12 months.
“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,” Sarfraz acknowledged.
Azhar Ali appointed Take a look at and Babar Azam T20I captainMore ▶️— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) October 18, 2019
“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.”
With the group’s ICC Take a look at rating dropping to No7, the administration have opted to go together with a brand new skipper in Azhar Ali to steer the group for his or her upcoming engagements within the WTC. Pakistan are attributable to play two Exams in opposition to Australia of their upcoming tour which is able to get underway in direction of the top of November.
“There is no bigger honour than to captain the Pakistan national cricket team in the pinnacle format of the game,” newly appointed Take a look at skipper Azhar Ali stated.
“I really feel humbled, excited and privileged, and with the help of the group, stay up for justifying the religion that has been entrusted upon me for the World Take a look at Championship.
“These are exciting times in Pakistan cricket with a new team management. As a captain, I feel comfortable that there will be number of knowledgeable people in the hut who I can rely for advice and guidance.”
Babar Azam.
Star batsman Babar Azam has now been given the reigns of the No1 ranked T20I facet till the top of the 2020 World Cup in Australia not less than. The Males in Inexperienced are coming off a humiliating 0-Three loss to a second-string Sri Lanka on residence soil and they’re going to hope to make amends Down Underneath the place they tackle the hosts in three T20 clashes.
“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,” Babar stated on his appointment.
“I am ready for this challenge and also willing to learn more in the process. I feel it has been a natural progression for me and I am delighted that the PCB has put faith in my capabilities.”
No choice has been taken to this point on the ODI captaincy with Pakistan not slated to play any matches in that format till July, 2020. The PCB have acknowledged {that a} choice on the Take a look at and T20I vice-captaincies shall be taken nearer to the Australia collection.
The Pakistan Take a look at and T20I squads for the Australia collection shall be introduced in a while Friday.


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