Babar Azam insists he is ‘truly honoured’ after being appointed Pakistan’s Test captain.
The 26-year-old, who is already Pakistan’s one-day and T20 captain, replaces Azhar Ali in the role.
Azhar took over from Sarfaraz Ahmed in October 2019 but faced scrutiny after Pakistan’s series defeat to England last summer.
Babar is widely considered as one of the best players in world cricket and has made five Test and 12 one-day centuries for Pakistan.
Pakistan’s new captain said: ‘I feel truly honoured to join some of the most iconic players who have captained Pakistan in the purist format of the game.
‘I can now say with conviction that dreams can come true only if you chase them with honesty, dedication and commitment.
‘I am ready and prepared to take up the additional responsibility and the fact which gives me additional confidence is that I can do the job is the experience that is available to me in the changing room in the shape of the players and support staff.’
Babar also thanked his predecessor Azhar and backed him to keep contributing to Pakistan as a batsman.
‘I want to thank Azhar Ali for the way he captained the team in the last season, which was a difficult one,’ he added.
‘I know that he will leave no stone unturned in giving his very best to the team.’
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani, meanwhile, said: ‘Babar Azam was identified at a very young age as a future leader and as part of his progression and development, he was appointed white-ball captain last year.
‘With his consistent performance and leadership skills, he has demonstrated that he is ready to take on the additional responsibilities of a captain.
‘As we are looking into the future, it is appropriate that we appoint him the captain now so that he continues to grow stronger with every match.
‘I wish Babar all the best and remain optimistic that he will help Pakistan cricket make an upward movement across all formats not only through his performance but also with his positive attitude and result-oriented approach.’
Pakistan travel to New Zealand in December for three IT20s and two Test matches.
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