Sarfaraz Ahmed has been retained as the captain of Pakistan cricket team while Babar Azam has been named as vice-captain for the three ODI and three T20I home series against Sri Lanka, according to media reports.
Former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, in August, had recommended to the PCB's Cricket Committee that Sarfaraz Ahmed be sacked from captaincy after the team could not qualify for the World Cup semifinals. But Arthur was apparently replaced by Misbah-ul-Haq.
Pakistan played nine matches in the World Cup in which they managed to win five while they lost three matches. Their match against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain. The team faced huge criticism after they lost against India by 89 runs. They were ranked at fifth spot in the teams' rankings of the tournament and could not qualify for the semi-finals as only the top four teams were awarded the knockout spot.
The appointments were confirmed by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, following recommendations made by Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and the PCB Cricket Committee. "Sarfaraz is an experienced campaigner who has excelled and improved as a leader with every match. I have complete faith in his abilities and confident that he will continue to blossom under Misbah's wings," Mani said. The 16-member ODI and T20I squads will be named on September 23.