Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) dropped oodles of surprises earlier this week as the apex board sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed from captaincy. And if the latest reports are to be believed, the former Pakistan skipper is all set to lose his place in the squad for the tour of Australia.
The sacking and dropping can have an impact on Sarfaraz’s career but as per his wife, the 32-year-old is not thinking of retiring from the game and will make a strong comeback, now that he is burden-free.
“We knew this (sacking) three days ago. It is not the end of the road for him. He will be able to play burden-free now,” told Deccan Chronicle.
“Why should he retire now? He is only 32. How old is Dhoni? Has he retired at his current age? My husband will make a strong come back. He is a fighter and will come back”, she added.
Just like Sarfaraz, there is also uncertainty over former India skipper MS Dhoni’s future but in his case, the Indian team management has left the decision on Dhoni to take a call on his career.
He himself took a call on his Test career and retired in 2014. In 2017, Dhoni also relinquished the post of limited-overs captain reasoning that split captaincy does not work in Indian cricket. There was no pressure on Dhoni from the board and on both the occasions, he himself took the call himself.
Presently, he is on a break from the game and has missed three series after World Cup 2019. The board has left the decision on Dhoni to take a call on his future.
Talking of Sarfaraz, he has a tough road ahead and will have to force his comeback into the national team with performances in domestic cricket.
Azhar Ali, who got replaced as ODI captain by Sarfaraz in 2017, has taken over the charge in the longest format. In T20Is, Sarfaraz was replaced by Babar Azam, who was named deputy to the captain ahead of Sri Lanka series.
Pakistan’s tour of Australia kicks off on November 3. They play three T20Is and two Tests in a month-long tour.