Sarfaraz Ahmed has been removed from Test and T20I captaincy post as the news surfaced on Friday (18th October) afternoon in the cricket world. Moreover, he is likely to be dropped from the national team too.
Earlier, there was speculation that the newly appointed head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is disappointed with the skipper’s performance against Sri Lanka in T20I series. Sri Lanka clean-swept the hosts Pakistan in the three-match T20I series which has dangered the position of the Sarfaraz. Now, Babar Azam will lead the team in T20I series till the next year’s T20 World Cup and Azhar Ali will lead the team in longest format.
Shoaib Akhtar counts Sarfaraz accomplishments
Former Pakistan Cricketer Shoaib Akhtar agrees with the decision to remove Sarfaraz from the captaincy post. In his youtube channel, he counts Sarfaraz’s accomplishments. Shoaib praises the starting years of his captaincy and said that he was dedicated captain as well as best with the bat. He also admired his top achievement as Pakistan won their maiden ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 under the wicketkeeper-batsman’s captaincy.
But he opines, that after winning the title in 2017, Sarfaraz has shown degrading performance. Pakistan team is the No.1 T20I team for two years and Sarfaraz has led the side very well in the shortest format. Shoaib also opined that Sarfaraz Ahmed should not be removed from T20I leadership. He had good stats in T20I as under him Pakistan has won 29 out of 37 matches.
Amir should take back the decision
After the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Mohammad Amir retired from Test cricket to focus on the white-ball cricket. Shoaib opines that it is the wrong decision taken by the player as he reminds his time. Shoaib said that he also made the same mistake to overlook the longer-format which was expensive to him in his career. He wants Amir to take back his decision and work hard.
Shoaib hopes that under Babar Azam and Azhar Ali, Pakistan performs better and reaches new heights. He also said that the next month’s Australia tour will be a tough task for both the new captains. In this tour, Pakistan will play three T20Is, and two Test matches, which will be the part of ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021. It will be the first Test series for Pakistan after the ICC World Cup 2019.