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Sarfraz Ahmed succeeds Misbah-ul-Haq as Pakistan Test captain

Sarfraz Ahmed succeeds Misbah-ul-Haq as Pakistan Test captain

Sarfraz became the toast of the nation after leading Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory last month.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has distributed cash prizes and medals among the winning squad of the Pakistan Cricket team that won champions trophy defeating India at Oval.

Sarfraz has played 36 Tests and has a healthy average of 40.96.

"I take this opportunity to announce Ahmed as our Test captain in addition to one-day and Twenty20 captain", Khan said. Sarfaraz was named as Pakistan's Twenty20 global captain following the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India, while he was named Pakistan's ODI Captain on February 9, 2017 after Azhar Ali stepped down.

Sarfraz will replace recently retired former captain and cricketer Misbah-ul-Haq.

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It would be the first time in five years that Pakistan would be led by a single man across formats. He formally took over the captaincy of the T20I team after the World T20 in 2016, with Shahid Afridi stepping down after the team failed to qualify for the semifinals.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had announced hosting of a reception for the ICC champions team. "I am honoured to be appointed Test captain", Sarfraz said during the ceremony.

Going into the tournament as the 8th ranked team and the least favourites to win the title, Sarfraz Ahmed led his side to glory beating India in the final.

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.