PCB’s cricket committee chief wants Sarfraz relieved of Test captaincy

The new head of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) cricket committee, Mohsin Khan, wants wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed to be relieved of the Test captaincy.

The PCB announced a new cricket committee on Friday with former national captains Wasim Akram and Misbah-ul-Haq working under Mohsin as well as former Pakistan women’s skipper Urooj Mumtaz.

Mohsin feels Sarfraz as keeper, batsman and skipper is taking on to much and will recommend that the gloveman only lead the ODI and T20I sides.

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In quotes published on ESPNCricinfo, Mohsin said: “I have said it before and I will say it now too, with Sarfraz I was saying you got a new guy in, don’t put the burden of three formats on him.

“It will take such a physical load on him, T20s, ODIs and then Tests if he is captain he will not get any mental relaxation.

“I had said make him T20 and ODI captain and in Tests, put in a senior player for a year, year-and-a-half which will give him [Sarfraz] time, allow him to relax and groom himself as a leader, to get some confidence.”

Mohsin and his committee do not have the power to remove Sarfraz as leader of the Test team though.

They can only make a recommendation to board chairman Ehsan Mani, something Mohsin said he will do.

Mohsin added: “I have spoken to Ehsan Mani, the final decision will of course be his but I will give him the suggestion.

“Whatever suggestions I give, it will not be out of personal interest. I will only suggest those things that will help make Pakistan better on or off the field.”

Pakistan will a start three-match T20I series against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.