Former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was seen getting drinks and shoes to the field, to which Rashid Latif and Shoaib Akhtar bashed the Pakistani management. The former Pakistani cricketers believe that it is a sheer disrespect for the former captain — to perform the duties of the twelfth man.
Sarfaraz Ahmed was seen carrying drinks and shoes for Shadab Khan during the 71st over of Day 2. Pakistan are touring England in their first tournament post lockdown. A three-match Test series is being played between the teams with the first match being played at Manchester.
Former Pakistani wicket-keeper Rashid Latifi also questioned other players from the 16-member squad who were not a part of the playing eleven, like Mohammed Amir and Wahab Riaz were sitting in their tracksuits without wearing their cricket kits.
Shoaib Akhtar Calls Sarfaraz Ahmed A Weak And Docile Man
Sarfaraz Ahmed, who lost his captaincy after the World Cup 2019, is highly respected for leading his team to win the Champions Trophy in 2017 beating their arch-rivals India.
The scenes at Manchester were not taken well by the former Pakistani cricketers and fans. Former Pakistani player called out the management for not giving enough respect to a player of huge stature in the team.
I didn’t like the visual. If you want to make an example out of a boy from Karachi, then it is wrong. You can’t do this to a player who has led Pakistan for four years and has won Champions Trophy for the country. You have made him carry the shoes. If he has done it himself, then stop him. Wasim Akram never brought shoes for me.”
“This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have lead Pakistan in the same way as he carried the shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that.”
He Carried The Drinks Because The Other Spare Players Were Practising In The Nets: Coach Misbah-ul-Haq
Pakistani head coach Misbah-ul-Haq tried to clear the air, as he defended the management saying Sarfaraz willingly did it as the other spare players were busy practising in the nets. Misbah-ul-Haq also praised Sarfaraz Ahmed for his kind gesture and not mind doing it.
“Sarfaraz is an excellent human being and player. He knows that it is a team game. When other players are practicising outside, so the player who is available has to help out. It is not a matter of disrespect. In fact, it is big of Sarfaraz that he doesn’t mind doing it. Plus, it is a sign of a good team.” said Misbah-ul-Haq
Pakistan lead with 233 runs at the end of day 3, into their second inning scoring 137/8. England were all out for 219 in their chase. Shan Masood struck his Test-best of 156 contributing to Pakistan’s 326- all out for the first innings.