Pakistan Name New Test And T20I Captains After Sacking Sarfaraz Ahmed
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sacked under-fire skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed from all formats, confirmed a board press release announced on Friday, 18 October. Sarfaraz has been under the scanner for quite some time after consistent poor outings with the team.
Instead, PCB has handed the Test reigns to Azhar Ali, while T20 captaincy goes to Babar Azam. Ali has been a mainstay of Pakistan’s batting line-up since making his debut against Australia at Lord’s in 2010. The right-handed batsman had earlier captained Pakistan in Test and will hope to take his country to glory days
The 34-year-old is regarded as Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan’s prodigy and has scored 5,669 runs with 15 centuries and 31 half-centuries in 73 Tests. He has been in good form in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and is the second-highest run-scorer in the competition.Azhar Ali. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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On the other hand, this will be Babar Azam’s first time captaining the Pakistan team. He has previously captained Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012. He was vice-captain in the recently-concluded series against Sri Lanka.
The top-ranked T20I batsman is presently captaining Central Punjab in the National T20 Cup where he scored a 59-ball 102 on the opening day against Sindh.
Pakistan will play three T20Is each against Australia (3, 5 and 8 November) followed two Tests which will also be their first assignment in the ICC World Test Championship.