The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has on Friday sacked Sarfraz Ahmed as Test and Twenty20 International (T20I) captain following the drop in his overall form during the past few series.
Azhar Ali was appointed national test cricket team captain for Pakistan’s World Test Championship matches in the 2019-20 season, while Babar Azam has been named captain of the No.1 ranked T20I side until next year’s ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020, which is now exactly one year away, said an official statement by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The way Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed, it has raised a lot of eyebrows. While his captaincy was under the scanner for quite some time now, there is no denying that the decision from PCB came out of the blue.
Former Cricketers and Cricket World seemed to be divided on PCB’s decision of removing Sarfaraz Ahmed and appointing Babar Azam as Captain of T20I team. Many hailed the PCB’s decision and many opposed it.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels the time is up for the departing skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed in the national team.
Speaking on the recent developments, former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar feels Sarfaraz Ahmed is the one responsible for this. The fearless fast bowler also said that the veteran wicket-keeper batsman looked scared in the last two years and didn’t lead the team from the front.
“A bad news for Sarfaraz Ahmed. He played well and sealed his spot in the team. Sarfaraz Ahmed focused on his batting when he returned to the team in 2015. But he was lost after the Champions Trophy. Even we were searching the Sarfaraz of old. He looked timid and scared in the last two years. We tried to make him understand about taking responsibility and performing. I have been saying this for the last two years. However, he thought I was bashing him” said Akhtar.
Whatever is happening now, Sarfaraz only has himself to blame for. Take your own decisions, bat higher in the batting order, be brave. Unfortunately, he is now out of the team across formats. I am pretty sure he will not be in the team anymore, Akhtar concluded.
Pakistan’s former wicket-keeper batsman Moin Khan lashes out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for removing Sarfraz Ahmed as captain from T20I format.
While talking to ARY News, Khan said that Sarfraz never made it into the good books of head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.
“Misbah and Waqar never liked Sarfraz. I am shocked that the PCB has removed Sarfraz from captaincy in T20I cricket. He has led Pakistan to 11 consecutive T20I series’ win and you can’t remove him due to few poor performances,” said Khan while adding that this decision will hurt Pakistan’s cricket.
The former Test captain once again speaks out against Misbah getting dual posts in the national team. “I think making a single person too powerful won’t work for Pakistan’s cricket,” Moin Khan said.
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has hailed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s decision to appoint top-order batsman Babar Azam as captain of the Twenty20 International (T20I) side.
While speaking during a Youtube video, the cricketer-turned-commentator said that Babar’s performance as T20I captain could also pave the path for his appointment as the team’s Test captain.
“It is a good and brave decision by PCB to appoint Babar as captain because you need young leadership, as it is in line with T20 cricket’s requirements, in the shortest format of the game,” said Raja.
If Babar does well in T20 cricket, he might well go on to become the captain of the Test side as well, Raja added.
Former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif has deemed top-order batsman Babar Azam’s appointment as Men in Green’s Twenty20 International (T20I) skipper a ‘wrong move’.
While speaking in a Youtube video, the former cricketer said that Babar has been used as a pawn to remove wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed from captaincy and can be damaging for his career.
“PCB didn’t do any homework or research before appointing Babar as captain,” said Latif. “They are using Babar to remove Sarfaraz from captaincy which can be damaging for Babar’s career.”
“Even if he does well individually, Pakistan team is likely to suffer. PCB should have waited till the Australia series as removing Sarfaraz after defeat in just three games wasn’t justified,” Rashid Latif added.
Former member of Pakistan Cricket Board’s Body of Governors Nadeem Omar came in support of Sarfaraz Ahmed, hours after he was sacked as Pakistan team’s captain.
“Sacking of Sarfaraz Ahmed from all the format is very shocking news, this is unprecedentedly unfair and you don’t see such decisions in Cricketing world when you see that captain of a top ranked team is removed after one bad series,” he said.
“He has won 11 consecutive series and made Pakistan a top ranked T20 side. Sarfaraz has been leading since U19 days and he has won several laurels for Pakistan. Even in ODIs, we were ranked amongst lowest ranking teams when he was made captain and Pakistan was even struggling to qualify for the world cup directly,” Omar mentioned.