Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been confirmed as Pakistan’s captain for the 2019 World Cup.
Ahmed has been the subject of plenty of criticism in the wake of Pakistan’s recent Test and ODI series defeats to Pakistan.
He is currently serving a four-match ban, imposed by the International Cricket Council, after racially taunting Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo last month. Ahmed apologised for the slur and was publicly forgiven by Proteas captain Faf du Plessis, but was suspended regardless.
‘Sarfaraz has been an integral part of the Pakistan’s World Cup preparations. He has proved to be a good strategist, leader and performer. He led Pakistan to the Champions Trophy 2017 title, as well as top of the ICC T20I rankings,’ said Pakistan Cricket Board president Ehsan Mani.
Ahmed will compete in March’s Pakistan Super League, which will also feature former Proteas captain AB de Villiers.
Former captain Sachin Tendulkar, meanwhile, has insisted India are the frontrunners to win the 2019 World Cup in the United Kingdom.
‘I have gone on record saying that we have a perfect balance in the team where we will be competitive in any part of the world or on any surface,’ Tendulkar told PTI.
‘As far as our chances are concerned, I will not hesitate in saying that we are the favourites.’