Previously Pakistan’s ODI and T20I skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed will now lead his national team in all three formats
Sarfraz Ahmed has been officially named the captain of Pakistan’s Test team following his phenomenal run as a skipper of the 50-over side that recently pulled off the Champions Trophy 2017. At a ceremony held at the prime minister’s residence to acknowledge Pakistan’s memorable triumph, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan revealed that the 30-year-old has accepted his offer to lead his country’s elite format team.
“I take this opportunity to announce Ahmed as our Test captain in addition to one-day and Twenty20 captain,” Khan said. “I and Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had decided already and I think this is the right time to declare it.”
Sarfraz, who led Pakistan to a World Cup win in 2006 at under 19 level, is Misbah-ul-Haq’s successor and will face his first Test assignment in the upcoming Pakistan’s three-match series against Sri Lanka in the UAE, which starts on October 19. Misbah, who was given a grand farewell at the end of his team’s tour of Carribean in May this year, was Pakistan longest serving and most successful Test skipper, leading them to 26 wins from 56 matches.
“It’s an honour to captain Pakistan in all three formats,” Sarfraz said.
“Like we have done with ODI and T20 cricket recently, I would like us to improve our Test performances as well. I wish to thank Shahryar Khan for placing his trust in me, and we would like to ask everyone to put their trust in the Pakistan cricket team.”
His appointment also marks the first time in five years that Pakistan have had one player in charge of all three formats of the game; Misbah was the last man to lead Pakistan across all formats, and he stepped down from the T20 captaincy role after Pakistan crashed out of the World Twenty20 in 2012.
With both veterans — Misbah and Younis Khan — having already bid farewell to the game, Sarfraz will have massive shoes to fill in, especially with an inexperienced team that he currently has at his disposal.