After guiding Pakistan to a historic and fairytale trophy in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, captain Sarfraz Ahmed has earned another feat.
The wicketkeeper batsman has been named the captain of Pakistan in Tests as well. He will be taking over from Misbah-Ul-Haq, who was one of Pakistan’s best Test captains of all time, and this expectations will be high from Ahmed. With 26 wins in Tests, Misbah’s stats as a captain are great, which means Ahmed has big shoes to fill in.
“It is now just a formality of the PCB Chairman making an announcement when he returns home. The decision has been taken and is final. Sarfraz will take over as Test captain after being appointed as deputy to Misbah-ul-Haq on the recent tour to the West Indies,” a Pakistan Cricket Board official told PTI.
Misbah-ul-Haq was Pakistan’s Test captain for the last seven years. The official announcement of Ahmed being handed the Test captaincy will be made after two PCB officials return to Pakistan from London, where they are scheduled to attend an ICC meeting.
Pakistan’s next Test series will be in UAE, where they will host the Sri Lankan team. They were also scheduled to tour Bangladesh next month but recently pulled out of the tour.
Sarfraz’s captaincy throughout the champions Trophy has been brilliant. That aside, as a batsman and wicketkeeper too he lived up to the expectations. Even in intense and high pressure games, he looked calm and composed as the captain and that is what makes him a distinct identity. However, it will be interesting to see if he can continue his good run from ODI and T20 cricketin the longest format of the game as well, especially the way Misbah did.
The 30-year-old will now lead Pakistan in all three formats of the game.