A few cricket boards have witnessed the fact if a player performs exceptionally in an inning of the test match or two-three well-performed short-format games, he is known to fix his place in later times for a longer duration. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is one of such boards as the perfect examples are Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali.
The duo is known to be the senior-most of the Men in Green’s red-ball squad but has failed miserably since their last few innings. However, Azhar played his captain knock crossing a ton that let him reach the milestone of 6000 Test runs. The talks were made to eliminate Asad and Azhar from the squad, Asad aside but the test skipper is probably going to continue after he has hit a hundred that was inspiring from him after a countable test inning.
Is Rizwan’s performance a threat to Sarfaraz’s test career?
On the contrary, Mohammad Rizwan, the wicket-keeping middle-over batsman, who has faced a vast criticism so often, has never performed beyond limitations. He averages 35.1 being featured in 13 innings of 9 matches with 386 runs. His consistency was notable in a three-match Test series against England.
The first match did not go much best but he was declared as the man of the match for his 72 in the first innings of the second test. Also, in the third match, he crossed 50 and made 53 of 113 which made him eligible for holding man of the series for Pakistan.
On the other hand, Sarfaraz Ahmed, who was selected in the sixteen-man-squad, did not get a part in the playing XI. After Rizwan has performed mighty well, the management might look for him in further matches which could diminish his test career.
Notably, Sarfaraz was sacked off from captaincy of all formats in 2019 after a few humiliating series performances by him and the co. The player got out of playing squad as well and focused on the fitness level that made him knocking perfection in the Quaid e Azam trophy. The management eying on him was forced to choose him on behalf of his fitness level and performance.
It is now to see if the former skipper will owe a chance or Rizwan will surpass over him in the red-ball format. Both competitive players are a part of the T20I squad. The management might be preferring Sarfaraz in the shorter format due to his stats.