The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday sacked Sarfraz Ahmed as Test and Twenty20 International (T20I) captain following the drop in his overall form during the past few series.
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.
Azhar Ali was appointed national test cricket team captain for Pakistan’s World Test Championship matches in the 2019-20 season, while Babar Azam has been named captain of the No.1 ranked T20I side until next year’s ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020, which is now exactly one year away.
Azhar Ali and Babar Azam, meanwhile, will start their captaincy stints on the Australia tour. But ahead of the tour, former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has said veteran Shoaib Malik would have been a sensible choice as the T20I captain.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, The former all-rounder applauded the outgoing captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for his achievements.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate Sarfaraz Ahmed. Sarfaraz, you performed very well. You took Pakistan to number one rank in T20Is and led them to win in Champions Trophy. Overall, you have a tremendous contribution to Pakistan cricket. There’s no reason to feel bad. It is not necessary to be the captain for your entire career. You can play as a player too,” said Shahid Afridi before adding:
Shahid Afridi believes that veteran batsman Shoaib Malik would have been a better T20I captaincy choice over Babar Azam, as ICC T20 World Cup 2020 approaches.
“Appointing Azhar Ali as captain is a good decision. But I think, instead of Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik as T20I captain would have been a sensible decision keeping in mind the T20 World Cup”
“Babar Azam is no doubt the backbone of Pakistan batting line and a consistent performer for Pakistan, but I believe that the T20I captaincy should have been handed to Shoaib Malik,” said Afridi in a video.
Shahid Afridi believes that the appointment of Malik as T20I captain would have made more sense as ICC T20 World Cup nears.
“Malik has been playing for a considerable period now, and has been part of various cricketing leagues as well, so as a captain Malik should have led Pakistan, till the World Cup at least,” he added.