Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain from all the formats, a press release announced on 18 October (Friday). In a bid to do show support to the skipper, the people from Karachi have arranged a protest march.
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Sarfaraz has been under the scanner for quite some time and finally faced the axed from the management. Moreover, the selectors have also dropped the veteran wicket-keeper batsman from the squad for both formats, a consequence of his indifferent form. The move comes just ahead of the tour of Australia, where Pakistan will three T20Is and two Tests.
Instead, they have appointed 34-year-old batsman Azhar Ali in the Tests while young talented batsman Babar Azam will shoulder the responsibilities in the T20Is. Pakistan are yet to announce their skipper for the ODIs as they have no more 50-overs game this year.
Meanwhile, Sarfaraz Ahmed has had a good record during his tenure as the skipper. He has a record of 29 wins in 37 matches, for a win percentage of 78.37 – the highest among Pakistan captains to have led in 20 or matches at this level.
Sarfaraz Ahmed had a more modest record in Tests, with four wins and eight defeats in 13 matches. Under his tenure, Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy and also went to the pinnacle spot in the ICC T20I Rankings.
The development hasn’t gone down well with fans and now reportedly, the protest has been planned against the decision taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The protest will take place on Sunday at 4 pm in Karachi at the Frere Hall.
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— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 19, 2019