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Sarfraz Ahmed handed Pakistan Test captaincy

Sarfraz Ahmed will lead Pakistan in all three formats
Sarfraz Ahmed will lead Pakistan in all three formats
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Pakistan have confirmed wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed as their new Test captain following the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq.

As a result, Sarfraz will now lead the team in all the three formats after he was appointed Twenty20 International and One-Day International captain earlier.

The decision to hand the responsibility to the 30-year-old was relatively a simple one considering he led Pakistan to their maiden Champions Trophy victory last month and has been a consistent performer in the longer format with 2089 runs from 30 matches at an average of 40.

Describing it as a "honour" to lead Pakistan in all formats, Sarfraz is confident of team reaching greater heights across all the formats.

"It's an honour to captain Pakistan in all three formats," said Sarfraz.

"Like we have done with ODI and T20 cricket recently, I would like us to improve our Test performances as well.

"I wish to thank Shahryar Khan for placing his trust in me, and we would like to ask everyone to put their trust in the Pakistan cricket team."

Pakistan's next Test assignment will be in United Arab Emirates when they host Sri Lanka for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is.

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