Sarfraz Ahmed has been appointed captain for the Pakistan T20 team on Tuesday, April 05. The move came a day after the T20 captain Shahid Aridi stepped down from the role.
Sarfraz Ahmed was appointed the vice captain of the Pakistan team after World Cup 2015, and he has ever since been tipped as the successor to Afridi.
In the 21 matches Sarfraz has played for Pakistan he has scored 297 runs at an healthy average of 29. Most importantly he has been safe behind the stumps which has been Pakistan’s biggest problem in the Kamran Akmal era.
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We saw glimpses of Sarfraz Ahmed after his regeneration during the test series of 2013 against Sri Lanka, and since then he has never looked back. His captaincy was tested in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League, where he was the captain of Quetta Gladiators. He handled the foreign players well and was able to find the right combination to get his team through to the finals.
Kevin Peitersen and Kumar Sangakara were all praise for Sarfraz as he was typically vibrant and energetic as a captain and wicket keeper. Although his team were the under dogs before the tournament started, they were able to surprise a few with their fearless batting and methodical bowling
One of Sarfraz’s tests as Pakistan captain will be to handle the senior players like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez all of whom have captained for Pakistan in the format before.
“The best thing about me, I believe, is my ability to contribution for the team. I always try to play my role whatever it is – batting or wicketkeeping – regardless of the situation or the number I bat on. The more important thing about me is that I remain in my limit and don’t talk much. It’s my cricket that speaks, and this is what a captain should be doing – lead form the front,” Sarfraz said, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.