Sarfaraz Ahmed has finally got a chance to prove himself as he was included in Pakistan’s 29-man squad for the Test and T20I series in England. Things have gone really downhill for the former Pakistan captain since last year. Under his captaincy, Pakistan failed to make it past the group stage at the World Cup and his poor batting displays only made things worse for him.
And when a second-string Sri Lankan side whitewashed Pakistan in a 3-0 T20I series in their own backyard, Pakistan ran out of patience. Sarfaraz Ahmed not only lost his captaincy across formats, he was also dropped from the team for the tour of Australia and the home series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
But fortunately for Sarfaraz Ahmed, he has received a call-up for the challenging tour of England. Pakistan will play three Tests and as many T20Is against England in August and September. The wicketkeeper-batsman will be one of the players to watch out for as he will be desperate to make the chance count.
And ahead of the tour, he has stated that it is difficult to make a comeback after being a regular member. He further said that instead of feeling bad over the axe, he kept himself busy by playing domestic cricket and PSL.
“Obviously it is difficult to make a comeback after you have once been a regular member of the team and then dropped. But I think the good thing is soon after I was dropped I got busy playing in domestic cricket and then the Pakistan Super League and that helped me a lot keep my focus on cricket and not let negativity enter my mind,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.
At the same time, Sarfaraz Ahmed also said that adjusting to the dressing room under a new captain would not be a problem for him.
“I will try to not repeat the same mistakes and the good thing is as captain I was never arrogant or thought myself as different from the other players in the team.We have all shared the same dressing room and we all know each other well so it wouldn’t be a problem adjusting back into the team under someone else’s captaincy,” he said.
The veteran batsman, who led Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory in 2017, admitted that being captain meant that he had to take pressure and he couldn’t think much about his own game and was always thinking about the other players, their performances and the results.
“Now as a player I think I can give more time and focus on my own game and try to play my part in helping the team get good results,” he said.