Decision made after Sarfraz-Mani meeting in Lahore
Photo: AFP Pakistan have retained wicketkeeper and batsman Sarfraz Ahmed as captain for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. Pakistan have retained wicketkeeper and batsman Sarfraz Ahmed as captain for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. "Sarfraz will be the team captain for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He will also lead the side against Australia," PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said while briefing the media in Lahore on Tuesday. The cricket board's chief said that the wicketkeeper batsman has a very good captaincy record and also led the Under-19 side as well. "I met Sarfraz for the first time 13 years ago during a Pakistan-India game in Colombo. I was very impressed with his leadership qualities. I wrote a letter to the PCB chairman of that time saying that he hadn't seen such leadership qualities in the team before," Mani added. The PCB chief said that the side was at number nine in the ODI rankings. "From day one, I had said that Sarfraz was and will remain the team captain," he said. Mani went on to say that team selectors, coach and players are all with Sarfraz at this point. Speculations were rife that Sarfraz will not be the skipper because of his inconsistent performance. However, many senior cricketers had voiced their support in favour of his captaincy. Pakistan's begin their 2019 World Cup campaign on May 31 against West Indies in Nottingham.