LAHORE: Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed has replaced Shahid Afridi as Pakistan's Twenty20 captain, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Afridi quit as captain on Sunday after Pakistan's disappointing performance in the recent World Twenty20, where they lost three of their four pool matches and failed to reach the semi-finals.
Sarfraz was made vice-captain of Pakistan's ODI and Twenty20 international squads last year and the PCB moved quickly to name him as Afridi's successor in the game's shortest format.
"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," PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan said in a statement.
“I am happy to have this opportunity and I am honored that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has trusted my ability to lead the country,” Sarfarz told ESPNcricinfo. “Indeed, this is a challenging job but at the same time, it’s the highest privilege in a cricketer’s life, so I am determined to do my best to justify my position as captain. I didn’t make any future plan, but I will sit down with the PCB and will talk about it in due course.”
He further added: “The best thing about me, I believe, is my ability to make contributions for the team. I always try to play my role whatever it is — batting or wicketkeeping — regardless of the situation or the number I bat on. The more important thing about me is that I remain in my limit and don’t talk much. It’s my cricket that speaks, and this is what a captain should be doing – lead form the front.”
Former T20I captain Shahid Afridi also enlisted Sarfraz’s traits in his tweet deeming PCB’s decision a good one.
Despite resigning as skipper, Afridi said he wanted to continue as a player for the Twenty20 side.