PCB said wicketkeeper-batsman was removed based on his performance, since he was unable to display enough leadership qualities
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday removed Sarfaraz Ahmed from captaincy in all three formats.
Right-handed batsman Azhar Ali was given the reigns in Tests, while another right-handed batsman Babar Azam was asked to captain the team in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
PCB said Sarfaraz was removed based on his performance, since he was unable to display enough leadership and individual qualities.
However, Twitterati was divided over the decision taken by PCB, especially pointing out that Sarfaraz led the T20I team to become the number one ranked side.
Sarfaraz Ahmad had his ups and downs as captain,will be most remembered for the CT win in 2017,however such is the fate of Pak captains that it never really ends well for them! Good luck to him for the future..— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 18, 2019
News of Sarfaraz Ahmed being removed as Captain from all formats. Test and ODI make sense but how could they remove him in T20 considering his successful stats? #Cricket #Pakistan #PCB #SarfarazAhmed pic.twitter.com/FkmMJDXwBN— Jibran T. Siddiqui (@jibransiddiqui) October 18, 2019
Sacking sarfraz is right decision.— عمر فاروق (@umar_lps09) October 18, 2019
Don't over react and make this an emotional case.
If i was at sarfraz position i would have stepped down and i would have said to PCB. I want some break from international cricket to work on my batting#SarfarazAhmed
Sarfaraz getting sacked was coming & i believe it is the step in the right direction, he wasn’t taking the team forward & his own performances has been dismal for a very long time.— Osama. (@ashaqeens) October 18, 2019
Sacking Sarfaraz Ahmed is a right choice but can anyone explain to me why are we burdening our best batsman with the t20 captaincy? If this affects Babar’s performance who is to blame? #Sarfaraz #BabarAzam— Hina (@Hinaa95) October 18, 2019
Very Shameful act & initiative by @TheRealPCB to remove @SarfarazA_54 from captaincy , he did alot for Pakistan cricket .@captainmisbahpk should think about it.#Sarfaraz #SarfarazAhmed #babarazam #AzharAli— Asad Aziz Khan (@AsadAzizKhan1) October 18, 2019
The decision on who will be the ODI captain will be taken in due course as per the PCB, since Pakistan do not play any ODIs before July 2020.
Azhar’s and Babar’s next assignments are in Australia where Pakistan play Tests and T20Is only.