Known to be an aggressive batsman, Sarfarz Ahmed, who can score runs at a brisk pace was named as Pakistan's Twenty20I captain following the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India. He is also the vice-captain in the ODI format of
Known to be an aggressive batsman, Sarfarz Ahmed, who can score runs at a brisk pace was named as Pakistan's Twenty20I captain following the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India. He is also the vice-captain in the ODI format of the game. Sarfraz is a right-handed wicket-keeper batsman who has played five ODIs for the Pakistan Under-19 team before being called up to captain the side for the U-19 World Cup in 2006 after scoring back to-back half centuries in only his third and fourth match. With Pakistan winning the World Cup, Sarfraz was duly drafted into domestic cricket.
Although he only managed ten first-class matches in his first full season playing for Karachi and Sind - as well as nine 'A' matches and five Twenty20 games, an aggregate of 523 with the help of five half-centuries, with 28 dismissals behind the stumps to go with, did not go unnoticed as Sarfraz was named to face the touring Australia 'A' during the second half of 2007 as well as facing the South Africans in a tour match.
Sarfraz was called up by Pakistan as a cover for Kamran Akmal who had a finger injury in the one-day series between India and Pakistan in November 2007. He made his one day international debut in the final match of the series, on 18 November 2007. He did not get a chance to bat as Pakistan had won the match before he was needed to bat. In 2008, Sarfraz Ahmed was selected ahead of Kamran Akmal for the Asia Cup.
Safraz has had a terrific start to the 2007-08 season where he has racked up three fifties in the first five matches with 21 dismissals behind the stumps. He made his test match debut in Hobart on 14 January 2010, in the third test match against Australia, replacing Kamran Akmal who suffered an error-ridden performance in the second test. He was dropped again after one match.
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 Quarter Finals of the World cup.
Sarfraz Ahmed 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.
After 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.
After Shahid Afridi stepped down as T20 skipper on 03 April, 2016, Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Sarfraz Ahmed as captain of national T20 team on 05 April, 2016.
During the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle, Sarfraz Ahmad 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 match award.
Sarfaraz was dropped from the T20 series that followed the test match series against Sri Lanka. Many fans back home were shocked and started to raise questions. Pakistan coach Waqar Younis on 6 August said that Sarfraz Ahmed is a key Pakistani player and he should be the next T20 captain of Pakistan.
Due to a foot injury to the usual ODI captain Azhar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed became the captain for third ODI against Zimbabwe on 5 October 2015. He recorded first win in his debut match as Captain.
Sarfraz 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 the final. But still his team just couldn't make it and they lost in the final to Islamabad United.
Son of late Shakeel Ahmed Siddiqui who was the owner of shakeel Brothers, a well-known publishing company, Sarfraz Ahmed was born on 22 May 1987, to an Urdu speaking family in Karachi. He is also a Hafiz-e-Quran, which he became at the age of 10. On May 2015, Sarfraz married Syeda Khushbakht Shah.