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Sarfraz Ahmed all set to take over captaincy from Misbah ul Haq

Sarfraz to be crowned with Test captaincy before Khan's tenure ends

Sarfraz Ahmed
Sarfraz Ahmed. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

According to recent reports, Pakistan limited-over captain Sarfraz Ahmed is all set over to take Test captaincy from Misbah ul Haq, who recently retired from the game of cricket post-Pakistan’s tour West Indies along with the other batting stalwart Younis Khan.

They young leader of Pakistan in limited over formats, i.e., T20Is and ODIs, has been responsible for changing the fortunes of the heavily criticized national team with his spirited captaincy and coaching methods of Mickey Arthur. He had a successful series captaining the side in the series against England and West Indies.

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However, the watershed moment in his captaincy career came recently after Pakistan’s historic win in the ICC Champions Trophy held in England and Wales. Not many gave Pakistan even a chance for a sniff at the coveted trophy especially after their defeat against India in their first match of the tournament.

Sarfraz to be crowned with Test captaincy before Khan’s tenure ends

That said, it all changed after his innings against Sri Lanka in what was viewed as the virtual quarter-final of the tournament. The men in green were in no position to win the match after being reduced to 138-6, chasing a moderate total. The captain led from the front with his spirited innings and took his side to the semi-finals. Pakistan did not look back since, after a couple of clinical performance in the all-important finals and semi-finals, Pakistan lifted its first Champions Trophy.

Ahmed is scheduled to receive Test leadership in a meeting of the PCB Board of Governors on July 19. The board’s governing members are expected to meet on July 19, in what would be the last major meeting under the chairmanship of the outgoing Shahryar Khan. The move was mind keeping in sight the end of the tenure of PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan, which expires in August. Sarfraz Ahmed played the role of the deputy in the last Test series against West Indies.

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