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    SL ODI/T20I series: Sarfaraz Ahmed retained Pakistan captain; Babar Azam appointed vice-captain

    Lahore, 13 September 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed has been retained as Pakistan captain while Babar Azam has been named as vice-captain for three ODI and three T20I home series against Sri Lanka, which will be held from 27 September to 9 October.

    In April 2016, Sarfaraz was appointed Pakistan captain for the T20Is before being elevated as ODI captain in early 2017. He was then named captain across all formats following the 2017 tour of the West Indies. To date, Sarfaraz has captained Pakistan in 13 Tests, 48 ODIs and 34 T20Is, winning four, 26 and 29 matches respectively.

    Babar Azam is ranked 16th in Tests, third in ODIs and No.1 in T20Is, and has previously captained Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012. He had also featured in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 before breaking into international cricket in 2015 and since has been a regular feature of the side in all formats.

    The appointments were confirmed by PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani, following recommendations made by Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and the PCB Cricket Committee.

    Sarfaraz Ahmed said: “I feel humbled and honoured to have been awarded extension to my captaincy term. I have enjoyed captaining the Pakistan cricket team and look forward to improve my leadership qualities under the new set-up of Misbah-ul-Haq who also has a proven record as captain.

    “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.

    “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.

    “I have complete faith in my team, which has time and again shown the talent, class and charisma it possesses. The only thing missing has been consistency, which Misbah and I would like to focus and improve across all departments of the game. I assure all our fans we will not leave any stone unturned in our preparations for the forthcoming assignments and will do our best to translate these preparations into solid performances.”

    Ehsan Mani said: “Sarfaraz is an experienced campaigner who has excelled and improved as a leader with every match. I have complete faith in his abilities and confident he will continue to blossom under Misbah’s wings.

    “We have appointed Babar Azam as Sarfaraz’s vice-captain. This is part of Babar’s gradual development as a future captain and in line with our strategy of introducing a succession plan across the board so that there are no gaps. I am hopeful the trio of Misbah, Sarfaraz and Babar will do well for Pakistan cricket.”

    Misbah-ul-Haq said: “I want to congratulate Sarfaraz on his confirmation as Pakistan captain and Babar on his appointment as vice-captain. Both are one of the most talented and exceptionally gifted Pakistan cricketers and thoroughly deserve these assignments.

    “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.

    “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.

    “In the past couple of weeks, Sarfaraz and I have worked together on certain areas of his cricket that will enhance his overall performance. Both of us realise it is a performance-oriented world and we are expected to give our best every time we take the field. I look forward to working with him and hope we will succeed in changing the outlook of the Pakistan cricket team.”

    Nineteen probables for the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka will be announced on Monday, 16 September. The camp will commence at the National Cricket Academy from Wednesday, 18 September.

    The 16-player ODI and T20I squads will be named on Monday, 23 September.


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    Heard sarfarz have lost 7 kg in last 2 month. I wish sarfraz was that serious about fitness before worldcup .Don't see point in retaining him captain but i think it is till next year t20 worldcup which will allow babar azam to grow as a leader than gradually replace sarfraz in all three format

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    Nothing new in naya pcb

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    Interestingly he is retain only for 2 format .Seems like he won't captain test side again

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    Well let's see if there's any truth to this supposed new and improved, "leaner" Sarfraz.

    At least there's some semblance of succession planning with Babar as VC.

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    So where is the accountability? Is this circus? How can a captain like him with zero performance and issues of discipline gets his tenure extended?

    Amazing how this mediocre player keeps getting away with his horrible performances as a player and lack of leadership, awful planning and discipline issues?

    Pakistan's cricket is trash right now. No doubt I love Baber Azam the only hope but there is too much lack of professionalism going on in the Pakistan cricket that does not help you to follow Pak cricket with the same passion as there was before.

    Also today will be my last day on Pakpassion. I enjoyed my time here with lovely friends and it was the best forum to discuss cricket without any doubt.

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    Sarfaraz again.I do not wish to see him captaining Pakistan again.
    And high time Babar starts to groom himself for his eventual role.

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    Pathetic. He won't be here in 2023 so there's no point of sticking with him.

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    It seems like PCB is seeing Babar as a future captain. Not a bad thing.

    But, it can also backfire and kill his game (like it did to Root's batting).


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    Sarfraz was And is Good No.5 player it was his fitness in last 2 years that Created Problems for him if He Can Work On HIS fitness there shouldn't be A Problem

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    I think that PCB doesn't see any other player capable of captaining Pakistan so they have extended Sarfraz's tenure. I also presonally feel that no other player is ready to take over the captaincy reigns at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeed5646 View Post
    Heard sarfarz have lost 7 kg in last 2 month. I wish sarfraz was that serious about fitness before worldcup .Don't see point in retaining him captain but i think it is till next year t20 worldcup which will allow babar azam to grow as a leader than gradually replace sarfraz in all three format
    Sources for this weight loss rumour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    It seems like PCB is seeing Babar as a future captain. Not a bad thing.

    But, it can also backfire and kill his game (like it did to Root's batting).
    It can also turn out to be like Kohli, Williamosn where games of both have gone to another level, so you never know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    Pathetic. He won't be here in 2023 so there's no point of sticking with him.
    It sucks but Babar is VC. I'm sure Babar will be made.captsin soon tho in a year or two

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    Atleast Babar has been appointed as vice captain, something to look forward to as how he develops.

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    No but I think he is being retained as the captain for enough time required to prepare Babar to take the responsibility. Already having an inexperienced coach, probably it was too much of a risk having a new captain as well.

    Sarfaraz and Mickey combo was bit like fire and fire from both sides. Atleast with Misbah there will be balance with his calmness.

    In tests there shouldnt be any need of even a transition period as it was Sarfaraz's worst format as captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    No but I think he is being retained as the captain for enough time required to prepare Babar to take the responsibility. Already having an inexperienced coach, probably it was too much of a risk having a new captain as well.

    Sarfaraz and Mickey combo was bit like fire and fire from both sides. Atleast with Misbah there will be balance with his calmness.

    In tests there shouldnt be any need of even a transition period as it was Sarfaraz's worst format as captain.
    Same thoughts. It's surprising to see Babar not being named captain in at least 1 format. I guess he should prepare now. PCB need to make sure it's max. till T20WC.

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    it is the right decision i think

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    It's simple why he was kept.

    Kamran Akmal averages 26 in ODIs, 21 in T20s.
    Rizwan averages 33 in ODIs, 17 in T20s

    Sarfraz may be mediocre but he beats both the former long term keeper, and the really the only other viable alternative as keeper atm. He has also been a better wicketkeeper than both, and offers experienced captaincy when we have few captaincy alternatives either (only one perhaps Imad Wasim).

    Despite the fact Sarfraz still averages more in tests too at 36, he rightly deserves to lose his spot there IMO as he's been mediocre for 3 years. But his batting in LOI that's just not the case, he's had about 1 off year.


    I think it's also smart to put Babar as vice-captain. Babar will hopefully learn captaincy trade in domestic and as vice captain and if Sarfraz doesn't improve, will take his place as captain. I would also play Rizwan in tests, and ideally Rizwan as a pure batsman in ODIs, so that Rizwan can also replace Sarfraz if things don't work out with Rizwan.

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    I’m furious, this is mind boggling. Sarfraz should not be in the team and he is still captain ??? Typical Misbah, keeping the youngsters at bay .

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketingMinds View Post
    Sources for this weight loss rumour?
    http://www.khelshel.com/sarfraz-ahme...rises-everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRSN View Post
    So where is the accountability? Is this circus? How can a captain like him with zero performance and issues of discipline gets his tenure extended?

    Amazing how this mediocre player keeps getting away with his horrible performances as a player and lack of leadership, awful planning and discipline issues?

    Pakistan's cricket is trash right now. No doubt I love Baber Azam the only hope but there is too much lack of professionalism going on in the Pakistan cricket that does not help you to follow Pak cricket with the same passion as there was before.

    Also today will be my last day on Pakpassion. I enjoyed my time here with lovely friends and it was the best forum to discuss cricket without any doubt.
    You're right, I'm also furious. After all the humiliation and pathetic performance by Srafraz and the team for more than a year, nothing has changed except replacing Mickey with Misbah. Why is Srafraz still in the team that too as captain and that too against this B team from SL. Typical Misbah, no future planning, no vision, no encouragement for youngster.

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    This just shows lack of foresight by the PCB. If they cannot take bold decision after beating the drum of revamping Pakistan cricket, this means they would never do it ever in our life times. Just pathetic.

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    Firstly PCB should have appointed Wasim Akram in place of Misbah , under his guidance this team had a good chance to succeed

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    I am fine with it. He is the best option we got right now.

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    Misbah is wrong choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faiz1978 View Post
    Firstly PCB should have appointed Wasim Akram in place of Misbah , under his guidance this team had a good chance to succeed
    Wasim didn’t apply so how do they appoint him coach?

    I think it’s a good decision by PCB, Sarafaraz will probably be captain until they feel that Babar is ready to take over.

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    So he couldn't focus on his fitness when the team was heading towards the world cup, but he can focus on his fitness now when his captaincy is under threat. Mashallah Sarfaraz.
    Last edited by usmankhanmlg; 14th September 2019 at 08:26. Reason: typo

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    Pakistan cricket is all about senior culture.

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    Sarfraz has no business keeping his job. Babar will certainly captain Pakistan now that he has been made vice captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketingMinds View Post
    Sources for this weight loss rumour?
    Source is Archies, they have seen sarfaraz come in for food for last 2 months.

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    Forward planning, planning in general isnt in PCBs fortay. Plain and simple we will get same corrupt selections, sadly some players are intouchable in current team.

    Sarfaraz has shown no improvement as a player in any format as captain.

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    He's one of the few players who's captaincy is suited for the modern game but his performances are below average. A captain is an alpha male and doesn't necessarily have to be the best player in the team, but good enough to make it into the team, I cannot recall once where he has played a captain's knock with a MOTM award. He claims that he gives other batsmen a chance ahead of him when he hides down the order; the real thing here is that he doesn't work hard in the nets on his batting. I remember when he was murdering bowlers for fun during 2014-2015; he'd just reach down on his front foot and sweep anything to the fence displaying some good attacking cricket. I've looked at games where we lost with Sarfraz as captain and I'll say that the majority of those losses were embarrassing. In addition, he represents the typical "last minute planning", "lethargic", "unprofessional", "underestimating", "fuelled on emotions" and "whimsical" mindset of majority of our people.


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