Sarfraz to lead Pakistan in all three formats



Sarfraz Ahmed will be the first man to captain Pakistan in all three formats since 2012 © Getty Images

Sarfraz Ahmed is Pakistan’s new Test captain. At a reception held at the prime minister’s residence in honour of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy victory, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan announced that he had offered the role to Sarfraz, who had accepted it.

Sarfraz will now lead Pakistan in all three formats. He took over the T20I captaincy at the end of the 2016 World T20, when Shahid Afridi stepped down following Pakistan’s early exit, and became ODI captain when Azhar Ali resigned in February this year.

Tuesday’s announcement ends speculation over the identity of Misbah-ul-Haq’s successor as Test captain. Misbah, who retired at the end of Pakistan’s tour of West Indies in May, was Pakistan’s longest serving and most successful Test captain, leading them to 26 wins in 56 matches.

This is the first time in five years that Pakistan have had one man at the helm across formats, after Misbah stepped down from the T20 leadership following the 2012 World T20.

More to follow…

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000


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