LAHORE-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced Sarfraz Ahmed as captain of Pakistan T20 team in place of Shahid Khan Afridi.
Sarfraz was appointed as vice-captain of One-day International and Twenty20 teams last year. He takes over the captaincy of the shortest form of the game from Shahid Afridi whose term as captain came to an end after the ICC World Twenty20 2016 in India where Pakistan team couldn’t perform well and had to leave early in group stages.
Commenting of this development, PCB chairman said: “I spoke to Sarfraz this morning and conveyed to him that he was our natural choice for this position. His appointment is open-ended. I wish him good luck in his new role.”
While talking to the media Sarfraz Ahmed said that today is a huge day for him. “I have learnt a lot from my seniors and will try my level best to prepare a good team for future,” he said. “I will try to take all players on board for the betterment of team.”
Sarfraz lauded Afridi’s contribution to the team. “I have not seen bigger super star then Shahid Afridi in my whole career,” he said adding that during his time as the vice captain he got to learn a lot.
Sarfraz Ahmed also captains Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Quetta Gladiators, which finished runners-up to the inaugural champions Islamabad United this year.