LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday decided to remove Sarfaraz Ahmed as Test and T20 captain of the national team.
Azhar Ali has been appointed national cricket team captain for Pakistan’s World Test Championship matches in the 2019-20 season, while Babar Azam has been named captain of the No 1 ranked T20I side until next year’s ICC T20 World Cup Australia.
The appointments were confirmed after Sarfaraz was left out of both formats due to the drop in his overall form during the past few series.
Ali has been a mainstay of Pakistan’s batting line-up since making his debut against Australia at Lord’s in 2010. 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