Sarfraz Ahmed appointed Pakistan Test captain after Champions Trophy triumph

PTI, Jul, 04 2017

Islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed Sarfraz Ahmed as the Test captain after the wicketkeeper-batsman led the national team to a surprise triumph at the Champions Trophy tournament in England last month.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan announced the decision on Tuesday during a ceremony to honour the winning team at the prime minister's residence in Islamabad.

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed poses as he celebrates winning the ICC Champions Trophy . Reuters

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed poses as he celebrates winning the ICC Champions Trophy . Reuters

Ahmed already leads Pakistan in Twenty20s and ODIs. He has played 36 test matches since making his debut in 2010, scoring 2,089 runs at an average of 40.96 with three centuries and 13 half centuries.

Khan said he informed Ahmed about the PCB's decision just before Tuesday's ceremony.

"I talked to him when we were coming here and he said 'I am ready to serve Pakistan,'" Khan said.

Pakistan, ranked No. 8 in the eight-team Champions Trophy, routed archrival and defending champions India by 180 runs in the final.

Pakistan easily lost their opening group game against India but made a strong comeback with fast bowler Hasan Ali and opening batsman Fakhar Zaman playing pivotal roles.

Ali took 13 wickets in the tournament and Zaman scored two half centuries and a century in the final. Pakistan went on to beat South Africa and Sri Lanka in the remaining two group matches before humiliating title favorite England in the semifinals.

"I watched the whole match (final)," Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told players and officials at the reception.

Khan said he would like to see India playing against Pakistan in a bilateral series.

"We challenge you to come and play (but) they don't play against us because they are afraid of us," Khan claimed. "I think bilateral cricket will be good for us and will benefit cricket.

Published Date: Jul 04, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 04, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115