The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) eliminated Sarfaraz Ahmed as a patron in the Test and Twenty20 formats due to the "fall in general form," a press release issued by the cricket agency said Friday.
The batter Azhar Ali will replace the goalkeeper to captain the team in the next tests against Australia, as well as in the World Test Championship in the 2019-20 season.
Similarly, batter Babar Azam will lead Pakistan in T20 matches against Australia and until the 2020 T20 World Cup, which is one year away.
Ahmed has also been "excluded from both formats," the statement added, citing the bad form of the wicketkeeper "that has also affected his confidence." There has been no announcement about the changes in the one-day international team.
The decision comes weeks after Pakistan, the top-ranked T20 team, was hit by an inexperienced side of Sri Lanka in Lahore.
Reports of Ahmed's withdrawal from the pattern post have been circulating since Pakistan's dismal performance at the Cricket World Cup earlier this year.
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The president of PCB, Ehsan Mani, described the decision to eliminate Ahmed as "difficult", but one that should be taken "in the best interest of the team."
"It has been an honor to lead Pakistan to the highest level," Ahmed said in the press release. "I want to thank all my colleagues, coaches and selectors who have helped me on this trip.
"My best wishes are with Azhar Ali, Babar Azam and the Pakistan cricket team, and I hope they continue to grow stronger and stronger."
Ali, who made his Test debut in 2010, called the "greatest honor" of leading the team in the longest format and said: "I feel humble, excited and privileged, and with the support of the team, I hope to justify the faith that has been entrusted to me for the World Test Championship. "
He gave credit to Ahmed for doing an "excellent job in transforming raw talent into experienced players" and added: "Now I hope to inspire those skilled players in our efforts to collectively achieve our World Test Championship goals and beyond ".
"I am not only aiming at the victories, but also providing opportunities for players to grow in stature and express themselves so that the Pakistan cricket can resume their [top position]. I have always played my cricket in the toughest but fair way, and I will ensure that I continue to maintain the spirit of cricket and improve the image of the team and the country. "
Ali said he feels he is "better prepared now to assume the captaincy." "When they told me yesterday, I was already mentally prepared after consulting with seniors and high-level cricketers since this was something that had been rumored for the past three or four months."
"It was not difficult for me. I took this as a great opportunity."
Speaking of his goals as captain and how he imagines leading the side, the batter said: "Victories are usually an emphasis and are highly coveted by captains and any team. In addition to securing victories, my goal will also involve getting players who can serve Pakistan for a long time. "
"You have to prepare players to play in a brave and positive way. Winning is one thing, but building a good culture will be my top priority," Ali said.
"I have always prioritized test cricket, because it is the best format of the game and the skills of the players are tested to the fullest. Train the players in some of the best in the sport. I will see that our players prioritize the cricket of try and focus more on red ball cricket because white ball cricket will take care of itself. "
Azam, who is the number one hitter in the T20 format, said that being named team captain is "the most important thing that has happened to my career to date."
"I feel it has been a natural progression for me and I am delighted that the PCB has relied on my capabilities," he said. "Sarfaraz Ahmed has led the side in the shortest format with the example and it is my responsibility to carry forward his achievements so that we remain a consistent, attractive and powerful side."