Amidst widespread criticism of his position as skipper till the series wins over Australia and New Zealand, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has found support from PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, who has backed the wicketkeeper-batsman to continue leading the side across all formats.
Voicing his affirmation on the earnest Sarfaraz, under whom Pakistan actually won the Champions Trophy last year, Mani told the reporters present, "I think this (captaincy) issue has been unnecessarily raised for a while now. As the PCB chairman, I feel Sarfaraz is doing a great job as the Pakistan captain across all formats," and continued, "He was first appointed (as the T20 skipper) by Shaharyar M. Khan and then became captain of one-day and Test sides with the passage of time,"
“Our team has been performing very well in recent times and there is tremendous camaraderie in the ranks. The credit for this definitely goes to Sarfaraz and Mickey Arthur. The results speak for themselves and Sarfaraz’s own form is extremely good now,” Mani stated.
“There is no doubt in my mind over Sarfaraz being the Pakistan captain. We have full trust in his leadership qualities," he confirmed, "So the question of who is going to lead at the (2019) World Cup is meaningless."
Having won in both the formats over Australia, Pakistan clinched a T20I whitewash over New Zealand before levelling 1-1 in the ODI series.
They now gear up for the three-match Test series against the Kane Williamson led visitors, starting Friday, November 16.
(Inputs from The DAWN)