Pakistan News

Babar Azam to be given more leadership roles

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has removed Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain from all formats, with immediate effect.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has also been dropped from the side ahead of Australia tour and has been asked by the PCB to regain form in domestic cricket before, inorder to be a part of the side in the future.

Babar Azam has been named as captain of the Twenty20 side and Azhar Ali has been appointed as Pakistan’s test captain.

Recently appointed T20I captain Babar Azam is likely to be made the national team’s ODI skipper as well as the vice-captain in Tests, according to sources close to the matter.

Azam on Friday became a direct beneficiary of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s fall from grace when the former was handed the T20I leadership held by the latter. Photo: Getty Images

While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) removed Sarfaraz from the longest and shortest formats, it made no announcements regarding the 50-over side’s captaincy.

The rumour has it that the board, as things presently stand, plan on making Azam the ODI skipper too, although an announcement in this regard is not expected to be made until next year when Pakistan play the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan is the favourite to be made Azam’s deputy in T20Is. A final decision regarding the Test and T20I vice-captaincies will be out on Monday when the squads for the upcoming tour of Australia will be announced.

Recently dethroned captain Sarfaraz Ahmed’s central contract will not be downgraded, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) clarified on Saturday.

Sarfaraz was sacked from captaincy on Friday, which gave berth to concerns that his central contract could also see be moved lower to the current Category A he enjoys.

PCB sacked wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain, on Friday, from all formats. Photo: Getty Images

However, the PCB moved to dismiss those concerns today, saying that demotion of Sarfaraz’s central contract is not on the agenda.

“Sarfaraz Ahmed will continue to remain in Category A,” a PCB spokesperson said.

It is important to mention here that Sarfaraz, Yasir Shah and Babar Azam are the three players currently in Category A of PCB’s centrally contracted players.

One player who has been demoted, however, is Wahab Riaz. The veteran pacer has been moved from Category B to C as he has decided to keep himself available for limited-overs cricket only.

Sarfaraz after being sacked by PCB said: “It has been an honour to lead Pakistan at the highest level. I want to thank all my colleagues, coaches and selectors who have helped me in this journey. My good wishes are with Azhar Ali, Babar Azam and the Pakistan cricket team, and I hope they will continue to grow stronger and stronger.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

To Top