Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani on Tuesday introduced that Sarfaraz Ahmed will proceed captaining the Pakistan cricket crew within the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Talking to the media in Lahore, Ehsan Mani praised Ahmed for his expertise as a captain and a cricketer.
Recalling the time when Ahmed first got here into the limelight whereas main Pakistan’s crew to victory within the 2006 Underneath-19 World Cup towards India, the PCB chief stated, “Sarfaraz has made nice progress since he led the crew within the Underneath-19 World Cup, he has solely improved with time.”
“There must be little doubt that Sarfaraz is the Pakistan cricket crew’s captain. He’ll lead the crew within the sequence towards Australia and likewise within the World Cup,” the PCB chairman stated.
He added: “ I used to be at all times clear in my thoughts that Sarfaraz could be the captain. Sarfaraz has been an integral a part of the Pakistan’s World Cup preparations. He has proved to be a superb strategist, chief and performer.”
“He led Pakistan to Champions Trophy 2017 title in addition to to high of the Worldwide Cricket Council’s Twenty20 Worldwide rankings,” Mani stated.
“Sarfaraz has reiterated his dedication to the Pakistan cricket crew in addition to his availability and enthusiasm to captain the crew on the World Cup.”
Ahmed, who accompanied Mani on the media briefing, stated that he was grateful for the chance to guide Pakistan cricket crew within the upcoming World Cup.
“I really feel proud to be becoming a member of the record of cricketers that led the Pakistan cricket crew into world cups up to now. We’ll strive our greatest to carry out effectively there,” he stated.
“There is just one captain of the Pakistan cricket crew and it’ll stay so,” Mani stated, whereas dispelling rumours that there could also be a change within the crew’s management forward of the World Cup.
Answering a query concerning these rumours, the skipper stated, “Since I began captaining the crew, I didn’t assume up to now forward into the long run and fear about if I might be the crew’s captain in a yr’s time or not. I targeted on my duties on a series-to-series foundation and can proceed to take action.”
“I’m satisfied we’re in a good condition for the World Cup. We have now high-quality expertise and match-winners with a dedicated help employees within the dressing room,” he stated when requested about how he felt going into the upcoming worldwide showdown.
“Within the lead as much as the World Cup, Pakistan will play 5 ODIs every towards Australia and England, which may even permit us the chance to additional fine-tune our preparations. I’m positive we’ll show ourselves on the World Cup.”
Since making his debut towards India in Jaipur in November 2007, Sarfaraz, 31, has performed in 101 One-Day Internationals, together with 35 as captain. He has scored 1,942 runs at just below 33 and has dismissed 121 batsmen behind the wickets. As captain, he has gained 21 matches.
Sarfaraz performed three matches within the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, ending with 160 runs as an opener. He additionally caught six batsmen on the wicket.