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Shan Masood Likely to Replace Sarfaraz Ahmed as Test Captain

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly decided to remove Sarfaraz Ahmed as Pakistan’s Test captain and handed over the job to opener Shan Masood.

According to media reports, the issue of removing Sarfaraz will be taken up at the PCB’s Cricket Committee meeting in Lahore on August 2.

After failing to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup, Sarfaraz expressed his desire to remain as the captain of Pakistan cricket team but further added that the final decision lies in the hands of PCB.

Under Sarfaraz’s leadership, Pakistan has played 13 Test matches to date. Out of the 13 matches, Pakistan won 4 and lost 8 whereas 1 ended as a draw.

Masood, who is the captain of National Bank in Pakistan’s domestic cricket, has 797 runs from 15 Test matches at an average of 26.43 for Pakistan. The 29-year-old left-handed opener has been sporadically included in the Test team since his debut in 2013.

Recalled to the team again for the Test series against South Africa in December 2018, Masood gave a good account of himself, scoring 228 runs in three matches.