Sarfraz likely to be appointed as Pakistan Test captain, report says

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Pakistan’s historic ICC Champions Trophy triumph under Sarfraz Ahmed’s leadership will assure the wicket-keeper’s appointment as the national side’s Test skipper, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Thursday.

The position has been vacant since former captain Misbah-ul-Haq announced his retirement from the game after the Pakistan’s series against West Indies earlier this year.

However, an official announcement by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief is due to confirm Sarfraz, who was already considered as the first choice for the position, as the new Test captain.

“It is now just a formality of the PCB Chairman making an announcement when he returns home. The decision has been taken and is final. Sarfaraz will take over as Test captain after being appointed as deputy to Misbah-ul-Haq on the recent tour to the West Indies,” an official said.

Misbah, after taking on the reigns as the skipper in 2010 led Pakistan to a historically successful run which also won the national side the Test Mace trophy after they drew a hard-fought Test series against England in England last year.

Sarfraz, since making his debut in 2010 has been an integral part of the Test side both behind and in front of the stumps.

Pakistan are not scheduled to play Tests until September-October when they take on Sri Lanka in UAE. The long gap is due to the cancellation of a Test series against Bangladesh by the PCB.

Pakistan’s South African head coach Mickey Arthur is also likely to be retained following the Champions Trophy success.

“Any decision on the future of some coaches will be taken based on the committee’s suggestions. But Chairman, Shaharyar is delighted with the work of head coach, Mickey Arthur,” the official said.

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