Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed's future hangs in the balance: Here's why
Pakistan cricket team is yet to decide on which player will lead the side in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales. The situation is largely due to Sarfraz Ahmed's recent incident which saw him being banned for four games, following his racist remarks against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo. Here are the details.
Shoaib Malik was given the opportunity to lead the side for the fourth and fifth ODIs against South Africa. The Proteas won the decider to seal the series 3-2. Besides Sarfraz's conduct, the Pakistan Cricket Board generally appoints a skipper on a series to series basis. And the board hasn't given any assurance on whether Sarfraz will lead Pakistan in the World Cup.
A spokesperson of the board said, "We never revealed the length of Sarfraz Ahmed's tenure. We never said whether he was going to stay [as a captain] for one or two years. The PCB appoints captain on a series to series basis."
Pakistan are set to play Australia in a five-match ODI series starting in March and the board could decide on the leadership role post this series. Sarfraz, who flew back to Pakistan after being suspended, will now appear in the upcoming season of the PSL.
Sarfraz's biggest moment as Pakistan skipper came when his side beat India to win the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. He has also helped the team to maintain its number one status in T20Is. The problem has been the performance in recent times. Pakistan lost to New Zealand in Tests, before being blanked by South Africa. Even in ODIs, Pakistan haven't appeared sharp.
In 35 ODIs, Sarfraz has seen his side winning 23 times under his leadership. He has a win percentage of 61.76. In 13 Tests, Sarfraz has led Pakistan to just four victories with a percentage of 30.76. In T20Is, Pakistan have won 29 matches out of 33. In the shortest format, he has guided Pakistan to their most successful winning streak.