The defeat in Sri Lanka series has proved costly to Sarfaraz Ahmed as he has lost the post of Test and T20I captain in Pakistan team. The player who led Pakistan team to win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been removed from the captaincy post.
The newly appointed head coach Misbah-ul-Haq was disappointed by the player’s performance in the recent series. There were reports that he doesn’t want Sarfaraz to continue as captain. As per sources, the player was given chance to step down from the position but Sarfaraz Ahmed refused to do soo.
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“Sarfaraz flatly refused to do this and told Wasim the board could sack him if they wanted but he would not step down himself,” a source was quoted as saying by PTI.
On Friday afternoon, it was announced that Sarfaraz will not be the Test and T20I captain. Azhar Ali has taken the captaincy of the Test team and Babar Azam will lead the team in T2I0 till next year’s T20 World Cup.
Sarfaraz as the captain has not good stats. Under his captaincy, in 50 ODIs, Pakistan has won 28 and lost 20 ODIs. He was only successful captain in T20Is as under him the team won 29 matches out of 37. He led the team to No.1 spot in T20 format for two years.
In ICC World Cup 2019, Pakistan’s performance was disheartening. The team was not able to enter semifinals because of which Sarfaraz was criticised. His captaincy was being questioned but Misbah-ul-Haq trusted and handed over the team to lead in Sri Lanka series. Sarfaraz didn’t stand in the hopes of Misbah which put his position in danger.
Pakistan lost the home T20I series against an inexperienced Sri Lanka team in the home ground. It was humiliating for Pakistan as they were playing after a long time in their home ground and lost all the three T20I matches. It proved expensive for Sarfaraz and he lost the captaincy.