Former Pakistan National Cricket Team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has acknowledged the firepower in the Australian batting unit but made it clear that they are equally good with the likes of Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, and Abdullah Shafique in their ranks.
Team Pakistan under the leadership of the newly-appointed skipper Shan Masood will lock horns with the Pat Cummins-led side in a three-match Test series starting on December 14 in Perth.
The second Test match of the series will start on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the third and final Test will begin on January 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the commencement of the series, Sarfaraz Ahmed stated that they are well-equipped for the challenge in Australia. He asserted:
“Australia boasts good batters, but we are no less. With Abdullah, Babar, Imam, Saud, and Agha in our ranks, we are well-equipped for the challenge,” he declared.
Sarfaraz Ahmed further lauded the Pakistan bowling unit, saying that they have proven performers in the squad.
“Shaheen and Hasan are exceptional, and we have the likes of Mir Hamza, Khurram Shehzad, and Fahim, who have proven their mettle in domestic competitions.”
I am happy to play any role – Sarfaraz Ahmed
While speaking about his role, Sarfaraz said that his sole focus is on contributing to the team’s success. Notably, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan are the two wicketkeeper-batters in the squad for the Test series against Australia and it will be interesting to see if the team management slots both of them in the playing XI.
“I am happy to play any role – whether as a batter or a wicket-keeper – in contributing to the success of the team.”
The 36-year-old made his comeback to Test cricket in December 2022 after a 3-year absence. He made an instant impact with the bat in the home series against New Zealand and sealed his spot in the squad for the subsequent away series against Sri Lanka and Australia.
Pakistan Test squad: Shan Masood (captain), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel and Shaheen Shah Afridi.