On Tuesday, PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) announced Sarfraz Ahmed as new T20I skipper for Pakistan cricket team. Before that, he was serving as vice-captain for Pakistan in the shortest international format.
The wicket-keeper batsman has played 21 T20I for Pakistan where he has scored 291 runs with 29.10 averages. His highest T20I score was 76*against New Zealand at Dubai in 2014.
This decision was taken after Shahid Afridi stepped down from the national team’s captaincy in T20I due to dismal performance at the Asia Cup T20 2016 and WT20 2016. While Pakistan suffered a defeat against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2016, as well as they failed to qualify for the final of that tournament, Pakistan also suffered 3 defeats out of 4 matches in the WT20 2016.
Even though Sarfraz Ahmed had not performed well in the WT20 2016, PCB have still put faith on him. Sarfraz Ahmed has great experience as skipper. Under his captaincy, Pakistan U19 had won ICC U19 WC in 2006 while Quetta Gladiators ended as runner-up in the inaugural edition of PSL in 2016.
On Tuesday, The PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said, “I spoke to Sarfraz this morning and conveyed to him that he was our natural choice for this position. His appointment is open-ended. I wish him good luck in his new role.”
As per international cricket schedule, their next T20I match will be held in September during the England tour.