One Day InternationalSarfraz made his ODI debut in the final match of the series, on 18 November 2007. He didn't get a chance to bat as Pakistan had won the match before he was needed to bat.In 2015, Sarfraz was selected for 2015 Cricket World Cup but did not get a chance to play in the first four matches. Due to the first frequent losses, he was selected for Pakistan's fifth match of the event against South Africa where he scored 49 runs off 49 balls and took 6 catches as wicket-keeper to equal the one day international record for most dismissals. He was rewarded with the Man of the Match award. In his second match in the world cup he scored 101* against Ireland and he was again named the Man of the Match. The win gave Pakistan a spot in the Quarterfinals of the World Cup Sarfraz's notable achievement during the early days of his career was the victory at the U-19 World Cup in 2006 where he led the Pakistani team and defeated India in the final in a low-scoring encounter.
Back to international cricket 2011Sarfraz returned to the international team for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in November 2011 and for the subsequent series against Bangladesh and the 2012 Asia Cup. In the final of the tournament he scored a crucial 46 not out (the highest score from his team) as Pakistan won the match by 2 runs. He was consequently rewarded a Category C contract and selected for Pakistan's next series against Sri Lanka, again for ODIs.
T20s CaptaincyAfter Shahid Afridi stepped down as T20 skipper on 3 April 2016, the PCB appointed Sarfraz captain of the national T20 team on 5 April 2016. He won his first match in the only T20I against England by nine wickets. Later his team defeated the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 champions, West Indies with a whitewash in a 3 match series. This was the first time that Pakistan has completed a whitewash in a 3 match T20I series.The West Indies squad, already deprived of big names like Gayle, Sammy and Simmons received another jolt when Andre Russell withdrew from the squad based on personal reasons.Having said that, credit should also be given to Pakistan, and Sarfraz's captaincy. Sarfraz managed his bowlers well throughout the series and the bowlers also bowled well, bowling with accuracy and not allowing the West Indies batsmen to attack them.
Vice-captaincyAfter Misbah retired from the ODI format of the game after 2015 Cricket World Cup, Sarfraz was emerging to be a potential successor. However the PCB went with Azhar Ali for the captaincy and considering Sarfraz led the Pakistan U-19 team, appointed him as the vice captain of the ODI as well as the T20 team.
ODI CaptaincyFormer Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan are rebuilding a team of youngsters and the ODI and T20I captain Sarfraz Ahmed needs to find players who fit in his plans. In his first series as ODI captain, Pakistan beat West Indies 2-1. In ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Sarfraz Ahmed leading Pakistani cricket team as a Captain. "We have a better record against India in the Champions Trophy, not in other competitions. We are looking to maintain that against them and it's very exciting," he said at his pre-tournament press conference.
Zimbabawe ODI series 2015Due to a foot injury sustained by usual ODI captain Azhar Ali, Sarfraz became the captain for the third ODI against Zimbabwe on 5 October 2015. He recorded first win in his debut match as captain.
PSL 2016He was picked by Quetta Gladiators in the PSL players draft on December 21, 2015. He was selected to be the franchise captain for the 2016 season. He led the Gladiators all the way through to the final, losing only two matches before it. But still his team just couldn't make it and they lost in the final to Islamabad United. .Misbah opted to bowl first after winning the toss and the Gladiators, riding on the back of half-tons by Ahmed Shehzad (64) and Kumar Sangakkara (55), scored 174-7 in their 20 overs.
Sri Lanka Test series 2015During the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle, Sarfraz stabilized the Pakistan Innings by a knock of 96 runs in just 85 balls just could not score the century and was bowled by Sri Lankan pacer Dhammika Prasad. During his knock he became the 7th Pakistani wicketkeeper to reach 1000 Test runs, in 28 inns, jointly the fastest Pakistani wicket-keeper with Imtiaz Ahmed. The knock also gave him the Man of the Match award. Sarfraz was dropped from the T20 series that followed the Test series against Sri Lanka. Many fans back home were shocked and started to raise questions. Pakistani coach Waqar Younis said on 6 August that Sarfraz is a key Pakistani player and he should be the next T20 captain of Pakistan.
Sitara-e-ImtiazPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed on Friday 23rd March 2018 became the youngest Pakistani cricketer to receive the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the third highest civil award of Pakistan. 30-year-old Sarfaraz, who led Pakistan to the Champions Trophy title last year, was conferred with the award by Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair at the Governor House in Karachi. Speaking to Geo.tv after receiving the award, Sarfaraz said such an honour would encourage him to do more for the country. “It is matter of great honour for me and my family,” Sarfraz told Geo.tv. “Whatever I am today is because of Pakistan and I will continue to serve my country in every capacity I am in,” he said, adding that this award was very encouraging for a youngster like him.
Awarded Tamgha-e-ImtiazThe federal government has decided to award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz to three former and one existing captains of Pakistan cricket team for their services for Pakistan’s cricket.On 23 March ( Pakistan Day) every year, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz is awarded to people who show exceptional devotion and commitment in their respective fields. This year, Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed and former captains Misbahul Haq, Shahid Khan Afridi and Younis Khan will also get this prestigious award.Younis Khan is the only batsman from Pakistan who has scored 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Pakistan also won T20 World Cup in 2009 under the captaincy of Younis Khan.Misbahul Haq is the most successful Test captain of Pakistan. Under his captaincy, Pakistan gained top spot in Test Rankings.Shahid Khan Afridi’s record of fastest ODI century was broken after 16 years. He played a crucial role in the victory of Pakistan team in the semi-final and final of the 2009 T20 World Cup.Sarfaraz Ahmed led Pakistan to victory in the Champions Trophy and also made Pakistan the top T20 team of the world.
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