It was reported that Second-choice wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed refused to play the third and final T20I against England in Manchester last week and only agreed after being talked into it by head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, batting coach Younis Khan and captain Babar Azam.
In a stunning revelation, sources privy to the matter have said that the usually reserved Sarfaraz finally ran out of patience when the management decided to play him in the final match of the T20 series after keeping him on the bench for the entire tour.
At this, Sarfaraz had purportedly expressed “deep” reservations and refused to play the match, only to be persuaded to reconsider upon the think tank’s guarantees.
Now The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has demanded a detailed report after it emerged that former Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed had initially refused to play the last T20I match against England in Manchester, Geo News reported.
It has been learnt that the team management wanted to keep this matter hidden, however, the board has asked management to submit a detailed report of the incident.
It was reported that Sarfaraz expressed “deep” concern that by inducting him in the team for the last match there was added pressure that could cause things to go south if he slipped.
Misbah, when approached by a Geo Super representative at his press conference in Lahore, contested the development, saying that Sarfaraz had not refused to play but only “expressed his reservations”, which he said was something “I would also have done if I were in his position.”
The head coach further said that “any player can have concerns when given the final match of a tour and that’s what Sarfaraz also had.”
“He had pressure that if things don’t go his way then he could be in trouble,” Misbah said.