LAHORE – Pakistan have sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed as their captain across all formats, naming Azhar Ali on Friday as the new test skipper and putting Babar Azam in charge of the Twenty20 squad.
Sarfaraz's struggles with his form have also prompted the selectors to drop the stumper-batsman altogether from both the formats.
"It has been a difficult decision to drop Sarfaraz Ahmed, who has performed well as a player and a leader," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani said in a statement.
"But, his loss in form and confidence is visible and, in the best interest of the team, it has been decided to leave him out and provide him the opportunity to reflect and regroup himself and try to reclaim his form away from international cricket."
Pakistan under Sarfaraz failed to make the knockout stage in this year's 50-overs World Cup and languish at seventh in test rankings.