Former captain of Pakistan cricket team allrounder Shahid Khan Afridi has advised present captain of the national team Sarfraz Ahmed to leave Test cricket captaincy and focus only on One-day International and Twenty20 International cricket.
Talking to media on Saturday, the ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi said that, “the World Cup 2019 is going to be held in just a few months it is necessary for Sarfraz to be well prepared to lead Pakistan team in the mega event.”
Afridi said that peace has returned to Karachi for the last many years and all credit for improvement in the country’s law and order situation goes to our security agencies.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said that he will step aside from captaincy duties if the team loses because of his mistakes.
Pressure is sure to increase on Safraz as his role as captain comes under closer scrutiny. He has now lost five of his ten Tests as skipper, with four wins and a draw, but he said it is not the right time to leave the post.
Look, when it (defeat) happens then one thinks on that [captaincy], said Sarfraz during the post-match conference after the third Test against New Zealand. “But before an important tour of South Africa if you think like that, then it’s not beneficial for the team.
If I think that I am making mistakes and if the Pakistan team is not winning because of me, then I will think about getting away from it. And if there is someone else who is better suited for the captaincy of the Pakistan team, then I will do.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani backed Sarfraz Ahmed;
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has once again backed under-fire captain Sarfraz Ahmed in this difficult period and believes the Men in Green will bounce back under his leadership.
Following 2-1 humiliating defeat against New Zealand in the three-Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Green Caps came under severe criticism following numerous batting collapses.
The critics also questioned Sarfraz’s leadership in longest format of the game after suffering two series defeat in the home conditions since taking over the captaincy in the longest format of the game in 2017.
However, PCB Chairman Mani came out in support of the Karachi-born wicket-keeper-batsman to turn things around in the upcoming series.
Talking exclusively to Daily Express, the PCB chairman said that he will be visiting South Africa ahead of first Test and will be meeting players and the team management to boost their confidence.
“This is a very difficult time for Sarfraz. We have to fully support him,” said Mani. “When team wins then all is good and if they lose everyone started blaming them. This is very disappointing. This is the same team that defeated Australia 1-0. However they failed to deliver against New Zealand like we expected them to deliver.”
He added: “I will be leaving for South Africa ahead of first Test and will personally meet all players, captain and the team management. I have full confidence in them. They have delivered in the past and they will do it again.”