Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed faces a surprising blow from the PCB

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Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed faces a surprising blow from the PCB

ISLAMABAD - Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed faces a surprising blow from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

PCB has decided to remove Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain of the national cricket team, with think-tank reportedly having already chosen his replacement.

The PCB — prior to the ICC Test Championship — has decided to remove the cricketer from Test captainship. The 32-year-old Sarfaraz, who has led Pakistan in 13 Test matches to date, of which the team won four and lost eight, currently leads the team in all three formats of the game.

The move comes as a surprise to some, especially after Sarfaraz — under whose leadership the Pakistan cricket team came fifth after winning only five matches in the World Cup 2019 — had clarified earlier this month that he would not be parting ways with the captainship.

Speaking during a press conference on July 7, 2019, in Karachi's National Stadium, the wicket-keeper had said he was made the team's captain by the PCB and it was the Board itself that would decide about his future.