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Possible consequences of Pakistan’s Test captaincy replacement

Possible consequences of Pakistan’s Test captaincy replacement

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has hinted the change of Test captaincy before the commencement of ICC Test Championship. Sarfraz Ahmad is likely to be replaced by Shan Masood in the longest format of the game. 

This change in captaincy at the verge of Test Championship will have drastic effects on Pakistan's performance in the format. Sarfraz has led Pakistan in 13 Test matches in which Pakistan won 4, lost 8, and drew only 1 Test match.

Sarfraz's short tenure as Test captain is about to end, and Pakistan will be led by a new captain in the Test Championship. This move can backfire as Shan Masood has not played a lot of Test matches for Pakistan and he does not have a significant amount of leadership skills.

Throwback to 2010, Misbah-ul-Haq was appointed as Pakistan's Test captain in a similar sort of scenario, but he turned the fate of Pakistan cricket in the positive direction. But this does not guarantee the positive outcome either. 

Many veteran cricketers including Shoaib Akhtar are not in favor of Sarfraz leading the team. He might continue as the keeper-batsman in Pakistan Test team as his record with the bat in hand in Test matches is quite commendable.

Pakistan is likely to play a Test series at home against Sri Lanka in October-November, followed by the Test series against Australia and England.