There has also been a lot of speculation on whether Sarfraz will continue on as captain, especially after the men in green narrowly missed out on qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals.
Pakistan’s inability to reach the semi-final stage of the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup resulted in ouster of the previous Head Coach Mickey Arthur and the supporting staff by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
In June, it was reported that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to remove Sarfaraz as the captain of the national cricket team.
Some reports indicate that Sarfraz will be stripped of the captaincy completely, while others state that he will lead Pakistan in fewer formats.
Earlier there were reports that, Sarfraz is expected to resume the responsibilities of leadership in the limited overs series against Sri Lanka, later this month. Pakistan’s Test batsman Azhar Ali is being considered the favourite to replace Sarfaraz as the captain of the Test side.
Now,Pakistan cricket team head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq said that the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed is under ‘review’ following the disappointing World Cup campaign in England and Wales this summer.
At a pre-season training camp of the cricket team, Misbah made the comments while appreciating the hard work Sarfaraz had put in to improve his fitness ahead of the new season.
According to reports, Sarfaraz has lost between seven to nine kilograms in a bid to improve his athletic ability. During the World Cup, Sarfaraz was widely criticised for being unfit and overweight.
It remains to be seen whether Sarfaraz would retain his captainship of the team in one-day international (ODIs) and T20 as the matter is still under review.
While talking about captaincy, Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has insisted that he has not spoken to anyone about replacing Sarfraz Ahmed as the country’s Test captain.
Azhar made it abundantly clear that there is nothing to suggest he will succeed Sarfraz as Pakistan’s captain in Test cricket.
“I haven’t spoken to any one [about the captaincy] so I won’t comment on those rumours. When I made the decision to step down in the past, that was due to the circumstances,” he said.
Pakistan cricket team’s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed welcomes newly appointed head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and looking forward to working together for the progress of the national team.
Sarfraz recalled the time when he played Test cricket under Misbah’s captaincy and praised his leadership skills due to his positive mindset.
“We all witnessed great leadership of Misbah. I played Test cricket under his captaincy for three years and had a great time. He led the team strongly at crucial moments and we won some impossible matches during his tenure,” Sarfraz said.