KARACHI: Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed returned to Pakistan's Test playing XI after a long wait.
Sarfaraz, who played his last Test against South Africa on January 11 2019, made his comeback to the playing XI today in first Test of two-match series against New Zealand.
According to an approximate calculation, Sarfaraz is playing his first Test after 1,439 days. The wicket-keeper batter replaced Mohammad Rizwan who was failed to make his presence felt in last 12 innings.
Sarfaraz recently dominated in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2022-23, scoring a century at the same venue while representing Sindh against Northern last month. Today, he is playing his first-ever Test in Karachi which will be his 50th overall.
So far, Sarfaraz has 2657 runs at an average of 36.39. He has 18 Test fifties and three hundreds under his belt.