The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced that it has removed wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed as the team's Test and T20I captain. The board's decision has been received with mixed response anticipated by fans on social media.
Some fans praised the PCB's decision to describe Sarfaraz as Pakistan's front-man in two formats.
– Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) October 18, 2019
A good action by PCB#Sarfaraz
– Mukaram ♡ (Asma, Wasif, Shummi Buddy @) (@mukram_se) October 18, 2019
Good decision to remove Sarfaraz but wrong decision to appoint Babur as captain. He is not mentally strong enough to fully retain his batting form and captaincy.#SarfarazAhmed
– S A R M M D (@ SARMAD334) October 18, 2019
The captaincy of the Test match at Sarfaraz era says that I am not ashamed of retirement, but today you do not see the day! #SarfarazAhmed
– James Hassan (@JamesHassann) October 18, 2019
– Annus Raza (@annusraza) 9 October 2019
Sarfaraz's batting performance let loose his captaincy, he was a burden on this batting lineup,
– Bilal Khan (@khanbilal_) October 18, 2019
Those who considered the cricket board's decision to be bad were few.
Sarfaraz was poor in Tests, but was he eligible to be dismissed from T20 after 1 bad series? #SarfarazAhmed #Pakistan #babarazam. As a record of Sarfaraz @TheRealPCB Captain. Let us see how Babur Azam as Captain proceeds. pic.twitter.com/mMhC7d8gBl
– SportzHub (@sportz_hub) October 18, 2019
News of Sarfaraz Ahmed being removed from the post of Captain in all formats. It makes sense in Tests and ODIs, but how can they get them out of T20 given their successful stats? #Cricket #Pakistan #PCB #SarfarazAhmed pic.twitter.com/FkmMJDXwBN
– Gibran T. Siddiqui (@jibransiddiqui) October 18, 2019
– Jeev Nantham (@ Jevv001) October 18, 2019
– HS (@BajeerHs) October 18, 2019
Sarfraz Ahmed, who took over the reins of the team in 2016, was particularly influential as the captain in the shortest format of the game as Pakistan blew up all those who stood in front of him. The Man in Green enjoyed a win percentage of 78.37 with 29 wins over 38 T20Is.
However, Pakistan was not as successful in the Test format, as it won just four of the 13 matches led by the wicketkeeper-batsman.