Sarfaraz Ahmed to continue as Pakistan captain
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman has confirmed that Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the team during the mega event ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Pakistan’s permanent skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is among some issues recently following his on-field racist comments. He was also handed over a ban of four International games by ICC. In his absence Shoaib Malik led the team in South Africa.
On Tuesday, February 5th Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani has confirmed that Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the side in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
“I am happy to confirm that Sarfaraz will remain Pakistan captain till the World Cup. I was always clear in my mind that Sarfaraz would be the captain. I was keen to speak with him on the team’s recent performances as part of the normal review and appraisal process, and, more importantly, about his own future plans as we all know he has undergone some tough times as a professional cricketer in the past few weeks.
“Sarfaraz has reiterated his commitment to the Pakistan cricket team as well as his availability and enthusiasm to captain the team at the World Cup,” Mr Mani said.
“Sarfaraz has been an integral part of the Pakistan cricket team’s World Cup preparations and has proved to be a good strategist, leader and performer.
“He led Pakistan to the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 title as well as to the top of the ICC Twenty20 International rankings. His achievements and contributions as a captain and as a valuable all-round cricketer cannot be undermined or overlooked because of the team’s recent Test results.
“I am confident he will continue the good work with Mickey Arthur and Inzamam-ul-Haq so that the team is in the best possible shape and form to produce strong performances at the World Cup,” Mr Mani concluded.
Right after the announcement Sarfraz Ahmed who was also there and he has first conveyed his apologies to the media and thanked the board for the faith they are having on him. He has also addressed about the team balance and combinations for the mega event.
Sarfaraz Ahmed said: “I feel humbled and honoured to be placed in the same bracket as some of the most iconic and legendary cricketers who have previously captained Pakistan at World Cups. It is the dream of any international cricketer to play in a World Cup, but to be appointed captain in the biggest cricket spectacle on the planet is something that is extremely special.
“The reality is that the last few weeks have been extremely difficult for me as a person and professional. But I am delighted that the PCB has reassured its confidence and faith in me. It has boosted my confidence tremendously.
“I am convinced we are in a good shape for the World Cup. We have top quality talent and match-winners with a committed support staff in the dressing room. Everyone is geared up and keenly looking forward to returning to the country where we won the last major ICC tournament.
“In the lead up to the World Cup, Pakistan will play five ODIs each against Australia and England, which will also allow us the opportunity to further fine-tune our preparations. I am sure we’ll give a good account of ourselves at the World Cup.”