Islamabad - Pakistan
on Tuesday rewarded Sarfraz Ahmed with the country's Test captaincy, a
fortnight after he led the national team to an elusive ICC Champions Trophy
title in England.
Underdogs Pakistan trounced India by a record 180-run margin in the
final in London on June 18 to lift the Champions Trophy, to the shock
and ecstasy of the cricket-mad country.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Shaharyar Khan named Sarfraz Test
captain at a ceremony honouring the winning team hosted by Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday.
"I take this opportunity to announce Ahmed as our Test captain in addition to one-day and T20 captain," Khan said.
The 30-year-old will lead Pakistan in the three-match Test series
against Sri Lanka, likely to be held on the neutral venue of the United
Arab Emirates in October.
Ahmed has already led Pakistan in nine one-day internationals since
last year, winning seven and losing two. He has also led in eight
Twenty20s, winning seven and losing just one.
The Test captaincy has been vacant since Misbah-ul-Haq retired after
winning a three-match Test series 2-1 in the West Indies in May this
Ahmed said leading Pakistan in all three formats is a great honour.
"I am honoured to be appointed Test captain," he said during the
"I will do my best to lift the team in all three formats and
will not rest on Champions Trophy laurels."
Sharif rewarded every member of the Trophy winning team with a prize
of 10 million rupees ($100 000) while members of the team management
received five million rupees ($50 000).