Sarfaraz has been under immense pressure since World Cup 2019, largely due to the team’s performances but also because of his own form with both bat and behind the wickets.
After the recent T20I humiliation to Sri Lanka, Sarfaraz has been facing severe criticism regarding his role in the team both as a captain and player.
On Saturday, Sarfaraz was purportedly asked questions regarding the national team’s recent home defeat to Sri Lanka, even though the press conference was for the benefit of the National T20 Cup taking place in Faisalabad.
According to reports, Sarfaraz Ahmed got upset over the misbehavior of a journalist who asked him a very ‘harsh’ question at the pre-match press conference and decided to quit Sindh’s captaincy, forcing Asad Shafiq to stand in for him.
After the conference, the 32-year old told the team management that he did not want to captain the side in the tournament. Subsequently, Sindh team played their first match against Central Punjab under the leadership of Asad Shafiq.
The journalist asked Sarfaraz why anyone would want to watch him perform after his miserable run-of-form in the lead up to the tournament.
“Your loss against Sri Lanka has saddened the entire nation. After that poor performance who will come to watch you perform in future matches?,” said Journalist.
“You’ve disappointed the cricket fans so much that they’ve started cursing you. Who will come to see you play in the #NationalT20Cup?” – a journalist to Pak’s Captain Sarfraz Ahmed
Irrespective of his form, this was very unprofessional.
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— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) October 14, 2019
Now Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has cancelled the accreditation of a TV reporter who had reportedly misbehaved with Pakistan and Sindh captain Sarfaraz Ahmed during a press conference over the weekend, Daily Jang reported.
According to sources, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended the accreditation of the journalist and banned his entry from the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad also informing his TV channel of its decision.
A PCB spokesperson said that “the board’s policy regarding the media is clear.”
“The cricketers are our heroes and stars. They can certainly be asked questions but no one will be allowed to misbehave or cross the boundaries of decency,” the spokesperson added.
Before the inauguration of the tournament, Sarfaraz had told that this could be an opportunity for the young guns to prove themselves and be a part of the Pakistan squad for the upcoming tour to Australia.