Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will stay on in the role before this summer’s World Cup in England – even though serving a ban to racism.

Sarfaraz abandoned his side’s tour of South Africa first after chiefs suspended him.

The 31-year-old wicket-keeper admitted breaching the International Council’s (ICC) antiracism code.

However, the Pakistan Board (PCB) said on Tuesday the Sarfaraz had been”an integral part” of its World Cup plans.

“We all know he’s had some hard times as a professional er at the previous few weeks,” explained PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.

“[But] I had been always clear in my own mind the Sarfaraz are the captain”

Sarfaraz, that was captured on a stump microphone using the Urdu word”kaale”, meaning”black”, said:”Actually is that the last few weeks are exceptionally tricky for me as a person and professional.

“However, I’m thrilled that the PCB has reassured its confidence and faith in me”

The ICC imposed the ban after a one-day international in Durban by which Sarfaraz left a comment .

He later apologised and asserted his words were”not geared toward anyone in particular”, though he admitted breaching the antiracism code.

The PCB it would want to reform the code in the future ICC forums and was critical of the punishment.

Nevertheless Sarfaraz returned into Pakistan using allrounder Shoaib Malik stepping in as captain for the remainder of that the South Africa tour – although Sarfaraz might have been designed for the final Twenty20 match of this excursion, which occurs on Wednesday.


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