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Afridi backs ‘fighter’ Sarfraz for ODI, Test captaincy
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Afridi backs ‘fighter’ Sarfraz for ODI, Test captaincy

As the Pakistan Cricket Board mulls over a change in the ODI leadership, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has said that Sarfraz Ahmed should be handed reins of all three formats.

Sarfraz, who took over Shahid Afridi as a T20I captain after an abysmal show in the ICC World T20 in India last year, is being considered as a replacement for Azhar Ali by the cricket board, according to some media reports.

“Sarfraz is a fighter and Pakistan needs a fighter right now,” said Afridi. “He has the ability to captain Pakistan in all three formats.”



Sarfraz made his Pakistan debut at Jaipur against India in 2007. He has played 125 international matches and taken 159 catches behind the stumps. The 29-year-old has led Pakistan in four T20Is — one against England and three against the West Indies — with a 100 percent success.

Afridi, who was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the recently renovated Mass Communication Department at Karachi University, added that he was focusing more on the T20 leagues.

“I have played enough international cricket for Pakistan,” Afridi said. “I am focusing more on T20 leagues now.”

The 36-year-old all-rounder made headlines before Pakistan hosted the West Indies for the three-T20Is at the United Arab Emirates when he demanded a farewell from the PCB. The idea, however, was denied