Sarfaraz Ahmed will retain his leadership role for Sri Lanka’s limited-overs visit to Pakistan, while Babar Azam will fill in as vice-captain.
With the Pakistan Cricket Board and former head coach Mickey Arthur having parted ways after the Men’s Cricket World Cup, in which Pakistan failed narrowly to make the semi-finals, there had been speculation that Sarfaraz would similarly find himself out of a role, with Pakistan embarking on a new era, and the PCB choosing to name their captain on a series-by-series basis.
However, new head coach and chief of selectors Misbah-ul-Haq, together with the Pakistan Cricket Committee, have given their support to Sarfaraz as cricket continues its return to the country.
“Consistency has been my yardstick for recommending Sarfaraz as captain. Furthermore, I think I am better placed to get the best out of Sarfaraz as I know him better than most of the cricketers as he has played most of his cricket under my captaincy,” said Misbah.
“I have emphasised on changing the dressing room culture and mind-set of the players to achieve better results, and I believe Sarfaraz is a perfect fit to help me attain these objectives,” he explained
“I have played most of my cricket under Misbah and we know each other pretty well. I think we will make a good combination, which will contribute to improved performances of the side across all formats,” Sarfraz opined.
“I am aware we have not done justice to our potential in ODIs, which has disappointed us as well as our fans. I am hopeful we will be able to turn things around in the coming season and in this relation, I remain committed to stepping up to the challenge with my performances and captaincy,” he stated.
Pakistan’s first ODI against Sri Lanka is set to take place on September 27.