Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani in a joint-press conference with Sarfraz Ahmed at the PCB headquarters addressed the rumors circulating regarding the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed. He confirmed that Sarfraz will continue as Pakistan’s captain till the Cricket World cup 2019 until any further notice.
The Chairman has always been keen to express his support towards Sarfraz’s captaincy but the recent team performances raised several question marks over the 31-year-old skipper. His individual performances have also been below average in all the formats recently. Mani made it clear that Sarfraz has a good record and the cricket board is satisfied with his captaincy record which means that he’ll captain the side for the upcoming Australian series and Cricket World Cup 2019 which is to be held in England this year from May 30th – July 14th.
Mani admitted that Sarfraz has gone through a tough time in the past few weeks and it was important to discuss the future plans and challenges with him. The chairman said that he is happy that Sarfraz showed proper enthusiasm with full commitment to the side as well as the wish to lead the side to glory.
In response to the faith shown by the cricket board, Sarfraz said:
“I am honored and delighted to be named as captain for the cricket world cup, it is the greatest spectacle on planet for any cricketer to be named as captain for the world cup which is the biggest cricketing event.”
“I agree that the last few weeks have been tough for me as a professional but the trust and faith that PCB has shown on me has tremendously re-boosted my confidence and I’m sure we will produce good results at the World cup.”
“The team is in good shape and we have some match winners in the side so we expect to produce good results and the five matches we play against Australia and England will provide good opportunity to prepare for the World cup.”
Sarfraz Ahmed is in Pakistan because of the ban that he faced due to racial comments against the South African all-rounder in the 2nd ODI of the series due to which Shoaib Malik was appointed as the make-ship captain for the rest of the tour.
We hope that Sarfraz can mimic what he did at the ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017 and produce good results for the side.
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