Pakistan retain Sarfraz Ahmed as captain

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have decided to keep Sarfraz Ahmed as the captain in both ODIs and T20Is for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka.

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Despite a disappointing World Cup, Sarfraz Ahmed has been retained as the captain of Pakistan with Babar Azam selected as his deputy for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed Misbah-ul-Haq as their new head coach a week ago and on Friday they announced that Sarfraz will still remain the captain. The appointments were confirmed by Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman, on Friday.

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After being retained as the captain, Sarfraz said:

“I feel humbled and honoured 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.

I am aware we have not done justice to our potential in ODIs, which has disappointed us as well as our fans. I am hopeful we will be able to turn things around in the coming season and in this relation. I remain committed to stepping up to the challenge with my performances and captaincy.”

Pakistan will play three ODIs and three T20Is against Sri Lanka, which starts on Monday.

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