Sarfaraz Ahmed, the former Pakistan captain reportedly had reservations against playing in the third T20I against England. The wicketkeeper-batsman was named in the Test and T20I squads for the England tour after being dropped and sacked as captain last year.
But with Mohammad Rizwan performing well especially behind the stumps and occasionally with the bat, Sarfaraz Ahmed had to be benched throughout the three-match Test series as well as in the first two T20Is. The team-management of Pakistan finally gave him a chance to play in the final T20I of the three-match series.
Sarfaraz Ahmed Had Reservations About Playing The Third T20I
But according to a report in Geo TV, Sarfaraz Ahmed did not want to play the game for not being able to feature in the previous matches as he was concerned about his future in case he failed to perform. After being informed about him being selected in the playing XI for the third T20I, Sarfaraz Ahmed had reservations about playing.
Captain Babar Azam and coaches Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan then assured and convinced him to play. Unfortunately, he did not get the chance to bat and could not make much of an impression from behind the stumps either. The former skipper also missed an easy stumping chance although Pakistan won the game by 5 runs to end the tour on a winning note.
Sarfaraz Ahmed Feared That In Case Of A Failure, He Could Be In Trouble: Misbah-ul-Haq
Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq was asked about Sarfaraz Ahmed’s reservation over playing during the press conference in Lahore on Monday. In reply, he said the wicketkeeper-batsman had not refused to play but only expressed reservations about playing.
Misbah-ul-Haq also said, “I would also have done if I were in his position. Any player can have concerns when given the final match of a tour and that’s what Sarfaraz also had.”
Misbah-ul-Haq further pointed out that Sarfaraz Ahmed was under pressure before the third T20I that he feared for his future in a case where he failed to perform.
“He had pressure that if things don’t go his way then he could be in trouble,” Misbah said.
Sarfaraz Ahmed only agreed to play the game after he was given assurances over his future.
“Even if your performance is not the same, you will still remain a part of the team,” he was told.
In April 2019, he was named as the skipper of Pakistan for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Under his Captaincy, the team managed to win five out of their nine matches besides losing three and one being no result. Pakistan couldn’t qualify for the semi-finals as their net run rate was less than New Zealand’s.
In October 2019, ahead of Pakistan’s tour to Australia, Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked as captain of Pakistan’s team, following Pakistan’s poor form. Azhar Ali was named skipper of the Test squad while Babar Azam was named as the captain of the T20I squad. Under Sarfaraz Ahmed’s captaincy, Pakistan won 29 of their matches out of 37 and reached No.1 Spot in T20Is rankings.