File photo of Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. Photograph:( AFP )
'It has been an honour to lead Pakistan at the highest level, ' Sarfaraz Ahmed said in an official statement by Pakistan Cricket Board.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) removed Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain across all three formats following the T20 International series whitewash against Sri Lanka earlier this month, an official statement said on Friday.
According to the statement, the change in captaincy came after "Sarfaraz Ahmed’s drop in overall form which has also affected his confidence."
"It has been an honour to lead Pakistan at the highest level. I want to thank all my colleagues, coaches and selectors who have helped me in this journey," Sarfaraz Ahmed said in an official statement by Pakistan Cricket Board.
The board appointed Azhar Ali as the team captain for Pakistan’s World Test Championship matches while Babar Azam was named as captain for the T20 International.
Seventh-ranked Pakistan will play fifth-ranked Australia in two Tests in Brisbane (21-25 November) and Adelaide (29 November to 3 December) before hosting Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for two Tests apiece.
Pakistan is also scheduled to play three T20Is each against Australia (3, 5 and 8 November) and Bangladesh before the curtain falls on their international domestic season in early February 2020.