PCB sacks Sarfraz Ahmed as skipper of Test, T20I squads

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed as skipper in Tests and T20I format on Friday. The decision came ahead of Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka starting October 31. Azhar Ali will be replacing him as Test captain whereas Babar Azam will be taking over the T20I captaincy.

The wicketkeeper-batsman led Pakistan recently suffered a humiliating defeat against a second-string Sri Lankan side in the three-T20I series. Under the 32-year-old, Pakistan won four out of 13 Tests, and 29 out of 37 T20Is.

PCB is yet to make a decision on the ODI captaincy. Sarfaraz-led Pakistan crashed out of World Cup 2019 at group stage, failing to qualify for the semi-finals.

“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,” Sarfraz said after getting sacked.