In a recent development, ex-Pakistan bowler Sikander Bakht has given bold insights about former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed’s future. Not long after the 2019 ODI World Cup, the then Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed found himself being forced out of the Pakistan team.
It’s been almost a year since Sarfaraz played for the Pakistan national team and now a bold revelation has been made by Bakht over the veteran wicketkeeper’s future.
Mohammad Rizwan failed to cement his place after making his debut back in 2015
Claiming to be privy to the ‘inside talks’ of the Pakistan team, Sikander Bakht suggested that current wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan has said that he would never let Sarfaraz make a comeback to the national side.
Although Rizwan made his debut for Pakistan in April 2015 against Bangladesh, it was only after the 2019 ODI World Cup that he cemented his place in the team.
Bakht said in a chat on Pakistani TV channel Geo Super, “Sarfaraz will not play now. Our cricket community is quite small, so we get to know a lot of things. A cricketer who does programmes with us told us that Rizwan said, “main Sarfaraz ko kabhi aane nahi dunga (I won’t let Sarfaraz return to Pakistan team). That’s because when Sarfaraz was there, he didn’t let Rizwan play. So now it’s the opposite. This is what I have heard. I might be wrong.”
Mohammad Rizwan has received flak for his low strike-rate
Recently, Mohammad Rizwan has been subjected to criticism over his low strike-rate in the shortest format. In the recently-concluded Asia Cup 2022, Rizwan was Pakistan’s top scorer but his runs came at the cost of a low strike rate of 117.57.
In the ongoing series against England, Rizwan scored 68 runs off 46 balls in the opener but couldn’t help the Men in Green win the match. He would look to continue his form as Pakistan take on England in the remaining 6 matches of the series