The ICC World Test Championship has already embarked on its two-year-long journey. While many teams have begun their campaign, Pakistan are yet to play a match in the competition. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is confident of putting up a tough challenge despite not faring well in the last two years.
Pakistan are currently in the seventh spot in the ICC Rankings. They will have a tough job at hand when they go up against the top-class teams in the Test Championship. Currently, India are at the top spot in the points table followed by New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Sarfaraz Ahmed believes his side have overcome the retirement of star cricketers like Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan and is ready to put their best feet forward in red-ball cricket. They are also confident to challenge other teams in the World Test Championship.
“After in-and-out performances in the last two years since the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, I think we are now ready to challenge other teams in the World Test Championship,” Sarfaraz said.
Furthermore, Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted that Pakistan had neither been consistent nor convincing in the longer format for a while now. The veteran cricketer added that they have the batting power to step up and lift their cricket in the longer formats.
“We have struggled after losing Misbah and Younis and we are in a rebuilding process. But now I think our batsmen are ready to fill the gaps and take responsibility,” he said.
“We have Shaan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail and Babar Azam who have now gone through the grind and can do well at the Test level. There is also a lot of experience now behind Azhar and Asad,” Sarfaraz concluded.
Pakistan will begin their campaign with a tour to Australia in November where they play two Test. A home Test series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will follow as they march in the competition.