Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed Sarfraz Ahmed as Test captain after the wicketkeeper-batsman led the national team to a spectacular victory at the Champions Trophy tournament in England last month.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan announced the decision on Tuesday during a ceremony to honour the winning team at the prime minister's residence in Islamabad.
Khan said he informed Ahmed about the PCB's decision just before today's ceremony.
"I talked to him when we were coming here and he said 'I am ready to serve Pakistan,'" Khan said. Pakistan, ranked No. 8 in the eight-team Champions Trophy, routed archrival and defending champion India by 180 runs in the final.
Pakistan easily lost their opening group game against India but made a strong comeback with fast bowler Hasan Ali and opening batsman Fakhar Zaman playing pivotal roles.
Ali took 13 wickets in the tournament and Zaman scored two half-centuries and a century in the final. Pakistan went on to beat South Africa and Sri Lanka in the remaining two group matches before humiliating title favorite England in the semifinals.
"I watched the whole match (final)," Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told players and officials at the reception.Khan said he would like to see India playing against Pakistan in a bilateral series.
"We challenge you to come and play (but) they don't play against us because they are afraid of us," Khan claimed. "I think bilateral cricket will be good for us and will benefit cricket."