Sarfaraz Ahmed remain as captain, Babar Azam named as Vice-Captain for series against Sri Lanka
Sarfaraz Ahmed has been retained as captain of Pakistan, while Babar Azam has been appointed vice-captain of three local ODI series and three T20Is against Sri Lanka, to held from 27 September to 9 October.
The appointments confirmed by PCB President Ehsan Mani, following recommendations made by Pakistan’s coach and chief coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, and the PCB Cricket Committee.
Sarfaraz Ahmed as Captain
Sarfaraz appointed Skipper of Pakistan in April 2016 for the T20I before being elevated as ODI captain in early 2017. He was then named captain in all formats after the 2017 West Indies tour. To date, Sarfaraz captained Pakistan in 13 tests, 48 ODI and 34 T20I, winning four, 26 and 29 matches, respectively.
Babar Azam as Captain
Babar Azam, ranked 16th in the Test Matches, third in ODI and No. 1 in T20I, has previously captained Pakistan at the 2012 UCC U19 Cricket World Cup. He had also participated in the 2010 UCC U19 Cricket World Cup before entering international cricket. In 2015 and since then it has been a regular feature of the side in all formats.
Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said:
I am honored to receive the extension of my command as captaincy. I enjoyed captaining the Pakistan cricket team and hope to improve my leadership qualities under the new configuration of Misbah-ul-Haq, who also has a proven track record as Skipper.
“I’ve played most of my cricket with Misbah, and we know each other pretty well, and think we’ll do a right combination, which will help improve the performance of the side in all formats.
“I am aware that we have not done justice to our potential at ODI, which has disappointed us and our fans. I hope we can change things in the next season and this relationship. I remain committed to facing the challenge with my performances and captaincy.
“I have full faith in my team, which has proven time and time again the talent, class and charisma it possesses. The only thing missing is consistency, which Misbah and I would like to focus and improve in all the departments of the game. I assure all our fans that we will leave no stones unturned in our preparations for the next tasks and will do our best to translate these preparations into solid performances.”
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said
Sarfaraz is an experienced activist who has excelled and improved as a leader in every party. I have full faith in your abilities, and I am sure it will continue to flourish under the wings of Misbah.
“We have designated Babar Azam as Sarfaraz’s vice-captain. It is part of Babar’s gradual development as a future captain and in line with our strategy of introducing a succession plan in all areas so that there are no gaps. I hope the trio of Misbah, Sarfaraz and Babar will do well in Cricket in Pakistan.”
Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq said:
I want to congratulate Sarfaraz on his confirmation as captain of Pakistan and Babar on his appointment as vice-captain. Both are one of Pakistan’s most talented and exceptionally gifted cricketers and deserve these tasks entirely.
“Consistency backed by excellent performance has been my judgment in recommending Sarfaraz as captain. Also, I think I’m in a better position to get the best out of Sarfaraz, as I know him better than most cricketers, as he has played most of his cricket under my captaincy. I have always admired his commitment and the energy it brings.
“I’ve emphasized changing the costume culture and player mindset to achieve better results, and I think Sarfaraz is a perfect choice to help me achieve these goals.”
“In the last two weeks, Sarfaraz and I have worked together in certain areas of your cricket that will improve your overall performance. We both realize it’s a performance-oriented world and we expect to do our best every time we go out on the field. I look forward to working with him and hope that we will succeed in changing the perspective of the Pakistan cricket team.”
Nineteen odds for the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka will announce on Monday, September 16. The camp will begin at the National Cricket Academy from Wednesday 18 September.
The squads of 16 ODI and T20I players will name on Monday 23 September.