After sacking wicket-keeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan has announced Azhar Ali and Babar Azam as the new leaders for the Test and T20I formats respectively. The reason behind’s Sarfaraz’s axing was his poor form which continued for a major span of time and it also moved the management to drop him for the Australia series.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani interacted with media to reflect on the recent development. The 74-year old congratulated Azhar Ali and Babar Azam for their new roles as he backed them to do well with their respective units.
“I want to congratulate Azhar Ali and Babar Azam on their elevations to the most coveted and prestigious jobs in cricket. It is a reward for their continued hard work in strive for excellence and I am sure they, like their predecessors, will make the country proud with their performance, leadership and sportsmanship,” said the Rawalpindi born.
Mani said that the two players have been rewarded for their ability and consistent hard work. Moreover, he admitted that dropping the Karachi born was a difficult decision, but added that the board has provided him time to regain himself and get back into the green jersey.