The Pakistan cricket board (PCB) on Friday has sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain from all three formats which made his fans unhappy. The cricket fans in Karachi have planned to gather outside the residence of the former skipper on October 20 (Sunday) under the hashtag #WeStandWithSarfaraz where the crowd will protest against the decision taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan is likely to be named as vice-captain of Pakistan T20 side, sources close to the matter revealed. Meanwhile the board is considering to appoint Babar Azam as vice-captain of the Test team, his name is also under the consideration for the leadership of the national ODI team.

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali is likely to miss the upcoming tour of Australia as he is still recovering from a back injury. The 25-year-old had missed the recent ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka at home for the same injury and may now additionally be dropped from the 16-man squad for the series against Australia.

Angel Di Maria once again proved his worth with a double that earned Paris St Germain a 4-1 win at Nice and a five-point lead in the Ligue 1 standings on Friday. The result put PSG on 24 points from 10 games as Nice, who reduced the arrears in the second half through Ignatius Ganago, finished with nine men after Wylan Cyprien and Christophe Herelle were sent off during the last 20 minutes.

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada led an inspired pace attack to put India in early trouble on 71 for three at lunch on day one of the third Test on Saturday. Rabada took two early wickets and fellow paceman Anrich Nortje claimed his maiden Test scalp after trapping India skipper Virat Kohli lbw for 12 in Ranchi.

The new captain of the Pakistan team in Test cricket, Azhar Ali, confidently took the charge of the national team with the toughest challenge in the red-ball format. “It is an honor for me to get the chance to represent my country in the biggest format of the game. The challenge is tough but my priority will be to take Pakistan cricket on high,” said Azhar in his first media interaction in Lahore after taking charge as captain of Pakistan team for the second time.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has removed Sarfaraz Ahmed as skipper in the Test and Twenty20 formats due to "drop in the overall form", a press release issued by the cricketing body said on Friday. Batsman Azhar Ali will replace the wicket-keeper to captain the team in the upcoming Tests against Australia as well as the World Test Championship in the 2019-20 season.

The Pakistan cricket board (PCB) has issued a clarification statement in response to a comment made by Senator Mushahidullah Khan regarding Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal’s inclusion in the team. On Wednesday, PML-N Senator Mushahidullah alleged that the head coach Misbah-ul-Haq was forced to select the duo Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal due to ‘Sifarish’ from higher authorities.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard sees no need for more European club matches, he said on Thursday, as discussions continued over the future of UEFA competitions. The European Club Association (ECA), representing more than 200 clubs, says it wants more matches and more teams involved when new formats are introduced from 2024.

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer said Thursday he will play the French Open in Paris next year. “I will play the French Open. I probably won’t play much before that because I need some time away from it (tennis) and I need some time with the family,” the 38-year-old told CNN. The 20-time Grand Slam champion returned to Roland Garros this year after a three-year absence, falling to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.