After a series of humiliating defeats in the last few important tournaments, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally decided to sack Sarfaraz Ahmed from the position of Pakistan’s Test and T20 captain on Friday. The Board officials have now appointed experienced batsman Azhar Ali as the new Test skipper of the green army and brilliant cricketer Babar Azam as T20 captain.
The talented wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed who was leading the Pakistan National Cricket squad since the last two years drove his side to only one title victory and that too in 2017, where the green army won ICC Champions Trophy. Since then the team had witnessed only consecutive defeats.
Earlier in the recently concluded T20I home series against Sri Lanka, Sarfaraz Ahmed-led squad put up a flop show in front of the home crowd after which he faced the wrath of the netizens on social media platforms. Not only this but in the grand event of World Cup 2019 also Pakistan squad failed to qualify for the semifinal stage after performing below expectations in the international tournament at England and Wales. As a result, PCB was left with no options and the officials had to remove Ahmed from the captaincy.
The 32-year-old experienced Pakistani cricketer Sarfaraz Ahmed said on the appointment of new captains in Test and T20 cricket format, “It has been an honour to lead Pakistan at the highest level. I want to thank all my colleagues, coaches, and selectors who have helped me in this journey. My good wishes are with Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, and the Pakistan cricket team, and I hope they will continue to grow stronger and stronger”.
There is no need to say that this decision of Pakistan Cricket Board has created havoc on social media platforms as some netizens are favouring the board officials while others are supporting Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Here’s see some of the Twitter reactions after Pakistan Cricket Board has sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed from the T20 and Test captaincy:
@TheRealPCB @ImranKhanPTI @mirzaiqbal80 @kmzaffr @Saj_PakPassion @MoeedNj babas&provincials in abputrid #PCB rule the roost. #Sarfaraz,undr whose captaincy we remained unbeaten,T20 top side removed just yr prior2wc۔ curse of bastardism haunts Pak cricket. A patriot sacrificed!
— the original jazbati (@impaired74) October 18, 2019
Not justified to remove Sarfaraz Ahmed from captaincy
This is unjustified to remove sarfaraz ahmad as T20 captain.If he lost one series this is not justified in his captaincy Pakistan team become number 1 in T20 win.11 series and first time Pakistan win champions trophy appoint babar Azam as captain extra pressure on him #sarfaraz pic.twitter.com/vuJTWSSK2a
— Mansab (@mansabmoodi) October 18, 2019
Replacing him with @babarazam258 won't work for Pakistan. Babar's batting will be effected alot. He is a player in making for the future. Sarfaraz is the same man who brought Pakistan to No 1 in T20 rankings. Removing him for losing one series at home doesn't make any sense.
— Qureshi Sahab. (@SeedhaSaBanda) October 18, 2019
With new captains in both T20I and Test cricket format, Pakistan will next face powerful opponents Australia in an upcoming cricketing tour starting this November. It will be interesting to see how the green army will perform under the guidance of new skippers.