Sarfraz to lead Pakistan ‘A’ against England Lions

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday said Sarfraz Ahmed is likely to lead the Pakistan A team in the series against England Lions to be played in the UAE this December.

Talking to APP, a PCB official said Sarfraz will captain the Pakistan A team in the series against England Lions. “If Sarfraz will not be having any commitment with the national team in December then he will be tried as captain against England Lions,” he said.

He said the PCB has scheduled many tours for the Pakistan A team to groom the young talented players. “A pool of 52 players has been formed who will be tested in all three formats. This year in December England Lions will tour UAE for 5 list A, 5 T20 and 2 day matches,” he said.

He said by organizing the A team tours we will come to know the talent in the players. “We will see to it that which player will be suitable to fit in the national team for short term and for long term basis,” he said.

He said according to the PCB plan players aging to 18, 19 and 20 will be included in the third badge of players to be groomed.

Speaking about the national team, he said a total of 15 T20 matches will be played by the Pakistan cricket team before T20 World Cup in India next year.

“We have also asked the PCB international department to organize more and more international tours for the teams,” he said.

He said there are also chances that to groom the future T20 captain it is likely that Sarfraz will be given a chance to lead the green-shirts in the series against Zimbabwe.

Pakistan will tour Zimbabwe for 3 Twenty20 matches and 3 ODIs between September 24 and October 5. As per the current schedule, the T20 matches will be played first, starting September 26, while the three ODIs will be played in the first week of October.