Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan today announced ICC Champions Trophy-winning skipper Sarfraz Ahmed as the national team’s Test captain.
Speaking to the media at a reception hosted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for members of the victorious team that won the Champions Trophy in England, Khan said there was no one better to lead the Test side than Sarfraz.
“Sarfraz will be the new Test captain as he has shown the leadership qualities in the Champions Trophy,” Khan said.
“I am honoured to be appointed Test captain,” Sarfraz said during the ceremony.
“I will do my best to lift the team in all three formats and will not rest on Champions Trophy laurels.”
Pakistan team’s Test captaincy became vacant after the retirement of the long-serving Misbah-ul-Haq at the end of the West Indies tour in May.
Misbah remained captain from late 2010 onwards going on to become the most successful Test captain in Pakistan’s cricket history.
Sarfraz has now earned the honour of being Pakistan’s captain in all three formats of the game.
The diminutive player who is 30 has already appeared in 36 Tests, 75 ODIs and 36 T20 internationals.
Khan said that Pakistan had shown with their performance in the Champions Trophy that they were among the best in the world.