Pakistan sack Sarfaraz as captain from all formats

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    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has removed Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain from all formats, with immediate effect.

    The wicketkeeper-batsman has also been dropped from the side ahead of Australia tour and has been asked by the PCB to regain form in domestic cricket before, inorder to be a part of the side in the future.

    PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan had offered Sarfaraz to step down from captaincy, instead of being sacked by the board but the latter decided against doing so.

    Top-order batsman Azhar Ali is set to take over Pakistan’s Test reigns while prolific batsman Babar Azam has been named as captain of the Twenty20 side.

    Earlier, Pakistan’s Head coach-cum-chief selector Misbahul Haq was reportedly unhappy with Sarfaraz’s captaincy and had already communicated his reservations PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan. The former Pakistan captain had made it clear to the PCB that Sarfaraz should not continue as the 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 2020, which is now exactly one year away.

    The appointments were confirmed after Sarfaraz Ahmed was left out of both formats due to the drop in his overall form during the past few series.

    Seventh-ranked Pakistan will play fifth-ranked Australia in two Tests in Brisbane (November 21-25) and Adelaide (November 29-December 3 (d/n)) before hosting Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for two Tests apiece.

    Pakistan are also scheduled to play three T20Is each against Australia (November 3, 5 and 8) and Bangladesh before the curtain falls on their international domestic season in early February 2020.

    Azhar 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 Misbahul Haq and Younis Khan’s prodigy and has scored 5,669 runs with 15 centuries and 31 half-centuries in 73 Tests.

    Azhar had an excellent tour of Australia last time when Pakistan were there in 2016-17 when he had scores of 5, 71, 205 not out, 43, 71 and 11. His other scores against Australia in England and the UAE are 16, 42, 30, 51, 53, 30, 109, 100 not out, 18, 4, 15 and 64. This means the 21st ranked batsman in the world has aggregated 938 runs in nine Tests against Australia, his second most after Sri Lanka (1156 runs in 14 Tests).

    In the ongoing four-day first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Azhar is the second most successful batsman with 388 runs in four matches as his side Central Punjab leads the field with two wins.

    Reacting to the news, Azhar Ali said: “There is no bigger honour than to captain the Pakistan national cricket team in the pinnacle format of the game. I feel humbled, excited and privileged, and with the support of the team, look forward to justifying the faith that has been entrusted upon me for the World Test Championship.

    “Sarfaraz Ahmed has done an excellent job in transforming raw talent into experienced players and I now look forward to inspiring those skillful players in our endeavours to collectively achieve our World Test Championship objectives and beyond,” he added. “These are exciting times in Pakistan cricket with a new team management. As a captain, I feel comfortable that there will be number of knowledgeable people in the hut who I can rely for advice and guidance.”

    He further said: “I am not only targeting wins, but also aim to provide opportunities to players to grow in stature and express themselves so that Pakistan cricket can resume its journey to the top. I have always played my cricket the hard way but in a fair manner, and will ensure I continue to uphold the spirit of cricket and enhance the image of the team and the country.”

    Babar Azam, the No.1 ranked batsman in T20Is, has previously captained Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012. He was vice-captain in the recently-concluded series against Sri Lanka and is presently captaining Central Punjab in the National T20 Cup where he scored a 59-ball 102 on the opening day against Sindh.

    Babar Azam said: “To be named captain of the No.1 ranked side in the world is the biggest thing that has happened to my career to date. I am ready for this challenge and also willing to learn more in the process. I feel it has been a natural progression for me and I am delighted that the PCB has put faith in my capabilities. Sarfaraz Ahmed has led the side in the shortest format by example and it is my responsibility to take forward his accomplishments so that we remain a consistent, attractive and powerful side.”

    Outgoing skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said: “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.”

    Decision on vice-captaincy will be made closer to the series, whilst captaincy for the ODIs will be finalised in due course as the national team’s next assignment is scheduled from July 4-9, 2020 against the Netherlands in Amstelveen.

    https://cricketpakistan.com.pk/en/news/detail/pakistan-sack-sarfaraz-as-captain-from-all-formats
     
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    Babar doesn’t scream captaincy material from the outset, he is someone a bit like Mohammad Yusuf - just focus on his glorious batting. Being the best batter...Let’s see how he does anyhow. Would have preferred Imad Wasim
     
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    Imad Wasim ki team mein jaga hi nahi banti!! Fakhar Zaman ko t20 captain hona chahye cus he is an explosive opener!! Babar abhi buhat young hai we shouldnt have burdened him this much! We should have groomed him for future captaincy by making him vice captain in limited overs formats. Fakhar is more mature and older than Babar so more suited to t20 captaincy than Babar!!
     
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    Sarfraz ke saath buhat acha hua! Zameen per hi nahi araha tha bilkul theek hua Sarfraz ke saath!! Get grounded, work on your fitness and batting and keeping!! Go in domestic, pile some runs then come back. Abid Ali can do wicket keeping and he is the best keeper batsman we have. Rizwan is also a very good keeper batsman for test format. Umar Akmal can keep in t20 format!! Azhar Ali ko odis mein bhi Captain hona chahye!@
     
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    Babar Azam's batting will take a nose dive. 100% Guaranteed!
    Mark my words and bookmark this post.

    So a bad, bad choice for LOI captaincy.

    Azhar Ali isn't ideal for Test captaincy either but it doesn't make much of a difference.
    Personally, I would like Asad Shafiq to lead the Test team, and I have been saying this for the last 5 years. Asad is much more mature and mentally tougher than Azhar Ali.

    The logic of a "player with good looking individual performance stats becomes the captain", does not always work and it's not the only way to select the captain; however, we are stuck in a rut in everything we do at PCB.
     
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    Asad Shafiq bari mushkil se apni performance karta hai usko captain bana do ge phir us se perform nahi hua to woh team se hi bahir hojayega./ Atleast with Azhar, we know he will score runs with the bat, mushkil se hi sahi but he knows how to score runs when they matter!!
     
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    Sooooooooooooooo who's the ODI captain
     
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    Babar should be allowed to just focus on batting - like Mohammad Yusuf.

    imad is a gutsy player who performs well and carries himself well, a good choice as captain.
     
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    BREAKING: Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed sacked from all forms of captaincy with immediate effect

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has removed Sarfaraz Ahmed from captaincy from all formats with immediate effect, according to reports.

    Various journalists and media outlets have confirmed this news. However, the official confirmation is pending from PCB.

    According to sources, Azhar Ali will take up the responsibility of Test captaincy whereas Muhammad Rizwan will replace Sarfaraz and become the vice-captain.

    Babar Azam and Imad Wasim are tipped to take over one-day international and T20I captaincy as well.

    It is worth mentioning that the media had put extreme pressure on Sarfaraz as of late following his performance against Sri Lanka. He stepped down from the Sindh captaincy as well, due to the pressure.

    It remains to be seen whether Sarfaraz has stepped down from international captaincy himself as well or whether he has been removed by PCB.

    Simultaneously, some reports are also suggesting that Misbah-ul-Haq was also not happy with Sarfaraz Ahmed’s captaincy which also played a role.

    https://timesofislamabad.com/18-Oct...-all-forms-of-captaincy-with-immediate-effect
     
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    Refer to post # 9.
     
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    I dont like the choices to be honest. Sarfraz should have been sacked from the ODI and Test for sure but T20i he did take the team to number1 (yes against many weak teams) so he at least deserved to lead in the WC imo.

    In the test format Azhar is a huge step forward but legit we have nobody else. In t20i i think it will effect Babar performance.
     
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    Azhar deserves it. Hope he just keeps calm and makes sensible decisions. He's going to be in for a lot of scrutiny when Pakistan inevitably get whitewashed vs Australia. He needs to keep scoring runs. This is a brave decision as it could hasten the end of his career if it doesn't go well. The thought of Smith waiting at the crease makes my stomach churn :(

    Babar should be fine. He's captained before. As long as he doesn't take criticism to heart and let it affect his batting. I'd hate for him to start thinking about more than just his batting. This will be a very difficult challenge. Come 2 years too soon
     
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    Jaga to Sarfraz ke be nahi banti, lakin woh to phir be Captain tha aur woh be teeno ka!!!!!
     
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    Fakhar ki jaga to banti hai na limited overs cricket mein as you need a dashing opener, left handed as well means he can target those leg spinners and left arm spinners when he is set enough!! Azhar test aur odi mein captain hona chahye aur Fakhar t20 mein!! Babar Vice Captain in limited overs, Rizwan in tests!!
     
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    They should have taken action after Australian series. throwing Babar Azam under the bus shows PCB has no strategy.
     
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    I am very much sure Babar is temporary, eventually Shoaib Malik or Hafeez will be made t20 captain before WC
     

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