PCB chief hints at appointing Sarfraz as new Test captain

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Lahore

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that the national selection committee will look into head coach Mickey Arthur’s request for sending fast bowler Rahat Ali to the West Indies for the upcoming Test series.
“Yes, Mr Arthur has sent for Rahat and the final decision will be taken by the national selection committee soon,” maintained the PCB chief who also showed concern about the performance of pacers in the ongoing West Indies tour.
Shaharyar said that the bowling department should be strong as it was vital for winning matches.
Talking to media after distributing prizes among the finalist teams of the Fatima Jinnah Women Cricket Championships at the Gaddafi Stadium, Shaharyar said Pakistan had a great chance to win the three-Test series against the West Indies as home team were missing top players.
Talking about the future Test captain, Shaharyar said the Board would have to appoint a new captain very soon since the incumbent skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has announced to retire after the West Indies tour.
“When Misbah retires after the series against the West Indies we have to appoint a new captain which could be Sarfraz Ahmed as he is the vice-captain of the Test team.
“But we will see every aspect before taking a final decision in this regard,” remarked the chairman.
Appreciating experienced campaigner Younis Khan’s career, the PCB chief said his services were indeed meritorious but he could not have been named captain since PCB is keen to appoint a younger skipper to take the team forward.
“We have great respect for Younis, but captaincy is totally a separate issue,” commented the PCB chief. “Younis is going to retire after the West Indies tour while the Board has to look at the future.”
Talking about the women’s final, Shaharyar said it was heartening that talented female players were coming to the fore. “Though ZTBL was certain to play the final, it was the Higher Education Commission (HEC) team which made it which is a good sign considering the fact that the team comprises young players,” said Shaharyar.
“The HEC defeated a strong team of the State Bank of Pakistan to qualify for the final which was great to see,” he added.
“A training camp was being held in Abbottabad to select squad to compete in the ICC Women’s Champions Trophy scheduled to be held in England in July this year,” disclosed the PCB chief.
Answering a question, he confirmed that Sabeeh Azhar has been appointed as coach of the women’s team in place of Kabeer Khan.—Agencies