Hope Pakistan continue to grow: Sarfaraz after being sacked as Test, T20I captain
Sarfaraz Ahmed had captained Pakistan in 13 Tests, 48 ODIs and 34 T20I. (AP Photo)
- Sarfaraz Ahmed conveyed his good wishes to Azhar Ali and Babar Azam after being sacked as the Pakistan captain
- Sarfaraz will be replaced by Azhar Ali as Test captain, while Babar Azam will take charge of the T20I side
- Sarfaraz Ahmed said it was an honour for him to lead Pakistan at the highest level.
Sarfaraz Ahmed conveyed his good wishes to his successors Azhar Ali and Babar Azam after being sacked as the Pakistan captain from the Test and T20I formats on Friday.
Sarfaraz will be replaced by top-order batsman Azhar Ali as Test captain, while 25-year-old batsman Babar Azam will take charge of the T20I side.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, whose dismal batting form and his ordinary result-making costed him his place as Pakistan's skipper, thanked all his colleagues, coaches and selectors who helped him in this journey and said it was an honour for him to lead Pakistan at the highest level.
"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. 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," Sarfaraz Ahmed said in an official statement.
Reacting to Sarfaraz's removal, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said: "Sarfaraz Ahmed's contributions are second to none and being the gutsy cricketer and fighter that we all know he is, I have no doubts he will be back in Pakistan colours at some stage."
Pakistan's head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq was reportedly unhappy at Sarfaraz's failure to take responsibility of the team's clean sweep at the hands of an inexperienced Sri Lanka side and the players' lack of effort in training.
In April 2016, Sarfaraz was appointed as the Pakistan captain for the T20Is before being elevated as the ODI captain in early 2017. He was then named captain across all formats following the 2017 tour of the West Indies.
Sarfaraz had captained Pakistan in 13 Tests, 48 ODIs and 34 T20I out of which he won four, 26 and 29 matches respectively.
The appointments were confirmed after Sarfaraz was left out of both formats due to the drop in his form during the fast few series. In Tests and ODIs, Pakistan's ranking has slipped under his captaincy while they were whitewashed in the recent T20 home series against Sri Lanka.