Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur Backs Sarfraz Ahmed
Pakistan chief coach Mickey Arthur doesn’t seem concerned about the poor show of Sarfraz Ahmed, of late. However, he is confident enough to see wicketkeeper-batsman delivering for the Men in Green at any given stage.
The South African stressed they’re focusing on what others could contribute at the behest for the team.
“We know Sarfaraz can deliver at any position in the batting order. We needed to find out little more about the other players,” Arthur told Cricbuzz.
Does Sarfraz win games for Pakistan?
Recently, Sarfraz had to face a four-match suspension for his racist comments against Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI against the Proteas.
However, it didn’t sit well with many who lashed out at Sarfraz for his unacceptable comments picked by stump mic.
Over the years, Sarfraz, who has been a vital cog in the wheel for Pakistan performed poorly following the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy which eventually irked his detractors.
Arthur while admitting the fact that Sarfraz would accept he has been struggling to deliver with the bat but is equally eager to be among runs. Arthur added he is not at all worried about the bleak show with the bat from Sarfraz.
“Sarfaraz [Ahmed] will be the first one to admit that his batting form has come and gone. He is very, very determined to get that right because he plays match-winning innings. When Sarfaraz plays well, he wins games for us. I want to reiterate I am not worried about his [batting] form,” Arthur added.
Sarfraz as a wicket-keeper:
Moreover, the cricketing pundits have questioned the inclusion of Sarfraz in the playing XI. But he has been excellent behind the stumps. Arthur cited Sarfraz’s job is to deliver behind the stumps, and he has been doing a decent job according to the chief coach.
“It needs to be understood that Sarfaraz first and foremost is the captain and a wicketkeeper. People forget wicketkeeping is a specialist position. Sarfaraz’s numbers over the last four and a half months are mind-blowing: one catch dropped, and one missed stumping,” Arthur explained.
Concurrently, Pakistan team returned South Africa from the recent-held bilateral series in South Africa. The visitors were whitewashed in the Test series before losing five-match ODI series by 3-2 and three-match T20I series 1-0.
Earlier, this week Sarfraz has been cleared to lead the Men in Green in the 2019 World Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani had a meeting with Safraz before settling with Karachi-bound player to continue leading the side in the ODI showpiece in England and Wales.
On May 30, the mega event of ICC will commence in London. The hosts England will take on Faf du Plessis-led South Africa in the opener.
So far, Sarfraz has played 101 ODIs, 49 Tests and 54 T20Is for Pakistan. Across formats, he has five hundreds and 27 half-centuries to his name.
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