Sarfraz Ahmed to captain Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup

Sarfraz Ahmed to captain Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup
Lahore: Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who is currently serving a four-match ban for making a racist remark to South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, will be continuing his captaincy for the Pakistan cricket team in the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani announced during a joint press conference in Lahore where he praised Ahmed for his skills as a captain and a cricketer.

"Sarfaraz has made great progress since he led the team in the Under-19 World Cup,” the PCB chief said, adding that he has acquired outstanding performance in all formats of the game.

He maintained that for the upcoming series against Australia, Ahmed would continue captaining the team.

“Selectors, board, players and coach are with him,” Mani said, adding that the performance of players and team management is observed after every series.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the 2019 Cricket World Cup schedule, and according to it, the first match of the tournament will be held between England and South Africa on May 30.

Pakistan team will play the first match against West Indies on May 31.

Pakistan will face England on June 3, followed by a match against Sri Lanka on June 7.

Pakistan and Australia will face each other on June 12, whereas Pakistan will compete India on June 16 in Manchester.