CWC 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed to lead Pakistan cricket team in World Cup 2019, confirms PCB

Sarfaraz is under suspension for breach of ICC's anti-racism code.

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Sarfaraz Ahmed is all set to lead Pakistan cricket team in the World Cup 2019 confirmed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Tuesday.

Ahmed was suspended for four international matches after his racist remark to the South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo. He had to apologize to the cricketer and to the fans. Sarfaraz posted a series of tweets and explained his side after the 2nd ODI against Proteas.

Ehsan Mani had a meeting with Sarfaraz and believed he is the right man to lead the men in green. “There’s no doubt that Sarfraz Ahmed is our captain and he will remain so until any other decision is taken,” he said.

“There are speculations after every series in the media which is unsubstantiated. He will captain Pakistan in the Australia series [five ODIs before the World Cup] and in the World Cup. After it, we will sit and evaluate the performance,” he added.

Talking about Sarfaraz's contribution Mani said one incident can't take away his efforts for the team. “We should look at the contributions that Sarfraz has made for Pakistan,” he said.

“Sarfaraz has been an integral part of Pakistan’s World Cup preparations. He has proved to be a good strategist, leader, and performer,” Mani added. 

"He led Pakistan to CT 2017 title as well as to the top of the ICC T20I rankings.”

Sarfaraz was delighted with the faith shown towards him for the World Cup. “I feel humbled and honored to be placed in the same bracket as some of the most iconic and legendary cricketers who have previously captained Pakistan at the World Cup,” he said.

“I am convinced we are in a good shape for the World Cup. We have top quality talent and match-winners with committed support staff in the dressing room,” the 31-year-old added.

(With Inputs of The Indian Express)


By Sihyeu Singh - 05 Feb, 2019

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