Sarfaraz Ahmed, the wicketkeeper-batsman for Pakistan, made it plain to a reporter after his match-saving hundred in the Karachi Test versus New Zealand that he is not considering taking over as captain of the team once more and is only focused on backing up Babar Azam.
Due to a bad run of play, Sarfaraz, who had previously led Pakistan in all forms, lost his position as captain in 2009. However, compared to Babar Azam, who was in charge when Pakistan lost a Test series at home to Australia and England last year, cricket analysts believe he is more qualified to guide the squad in Test matches.
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Sarfaraz Ahmed Shows Support To Babar Azam
In addition, Pakistan was on the brink of losing the Test series versus New Zealand on Friday (January 6) in Karachi, but Sarfaraz’s score of 118 in the fourth innings spared the embarrassment of the hosts.
🗣️ "Babar Azam is the captain right now and we should support him."
— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) January 6, 2023
“Changes happened in the selection committee and I got my opportunity. Shahid bhai (Afridi) called me and said I would be playing. While we were having our practice, Captain Babar also told me I would be playing and told me to be prepared,” Sarfaraz told reporters in the press conference.
“Thank Allah, I got an opportunity to play. Good things have started to happen. Shahid bhai has played cricket with me, he has seen me play. I think your ability to play at the highest level depends on two things, form and fitness. If you have form and fitness, then definitely, you can play until you are 40 or even 42.
“You asked me about captaincy, see, at this time, P, till the time he is captain, it’s our responsibility to support him fully,” he added.
When play was stopped owing to poor lighting during the Karachi Test, New Zealand was one wicket away from winning and Pakistan needed 15 runs to draw the match.
A three-match ODI series between the two nations will now begin on January 9.