Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed achieves a new record
ISLAMABAD- Sarfraz Ahmed has emerged as the most successful T20 international captain of Pakistan.
He took over Pakistan’s T20I captaincy from Shahid Afridi after Pakistan’s disastrous run in World T20 2016. Pakistan was ranked 7th in the team ranking, he took Pakistan T20I side to the number 1 spot with the courtesy of 85% of winning ratio (since World T20 2016).
Under the captaincy of Sarfraz Pakistan have played 20 T20I matches and won 17, lost 3.
Sarfraz captain Pakistan’s T20I side in 7 series (including a one-off match against England in 2016) and won all the 7 series
[image: Sarfraz Ahmed]
In 2017, Sarfraz captained the side in 10 T20I matches and won 8 of them which makes him the most successful captain of this format in the previous year.
After skippering a one-off match in 2015, Sarfraz was given the ODI captaincy in February 2017 following the resignation of Azhar Ali <link>.
Before Sarfraz wore the captaincy band, Pakistan reached the record lowest ranking position of number 9th spot and was being fed on vulnerable teams like West Indies and Sri Lanka to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy and was also struggling for the direct qualification in the World Cup 2019.
Sarfraz’s first series as an ODI captain was against West Indies, which Pakistan won 2-1 and qualified for the Champions Trophy
Pakistan entered in the Champions trophy as the lowest ranked side, but they emerged as the winner, beating their arch-rivals India in the final by a huge margin of 180-runs.
Keeping up winning momentum from Champions Trophy, Sarfraz Ahmed’s men whitewashed Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series.
Sarfraz won 11 ODI matches as captain out of 13 in 2017, which helped Pakistan to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019