Ehsan Mani Chairman PCB announced that Sarfraz would remain Pakistan captain until the World Cup as the PCB was always clear that Sarfraz would be the captain. “He will remain so until any other decision is taken. Sarfraz’s performance as captain will be evaluated only after the World Cup.Mani also praised Sarfaraz qualities as captain and cricketer.
Chairman PCB said that from day one he stated that Sarfraz was Pakistan’s captain and I stood by what I said before. “We do analyse his performances but that does not mean that we were thinking of replacing him at any time. Sarfraz is the captain on merit.” Mani , formerly the ICC chairman, recalled Sarfraz’s captaincy during the Under-19 World Cup in 2006. “I first met Sarfraz 13 years ago during ICC Under-19 World Cup in Colombo and his leadership quality was great,” he maintained.
Sarfaraz was thankful for the PCB’s support
“The past few weeks have been extremely difficult for me as a person and professional, but I am delighted that the PCB has reassured its confidence and faith in me,”
Sarfraz said. “In the lead up to the World Cup, Pakistan will play five ODIs each against Australia and England, which will also allow us the opportunity to further fine-tune our preparations. I feel proud to be joining the list of cricketers that led the Pakistan cricket team into World Cups in the past. We will try our best to perform well there,” he stated.
Captian said he felt humbled and honoured to be placed in the same bracket as some of the most iconic and legendary cricketers who have previously captained Pakistan at World Cups including Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Misbahul Haq. “Pressure is always there during captaincy. But with the chairman and board’s support I feel motivated more than ever. I now would like to transfer the same to the team for the upcoming Australia series and World Cup.” He also requested to all to move on from the racist-slur saga as it has become the past and the focus should be the future.