Sarfaraz Ahmed, former Pakistan captain, has revealed that the PCB had left it to them to make a final call regarding traveling to England for a three-match Test series and as many Twenty20 Internationals, starting late next month.
Sarfaraz, who made a surprising return to the side after having been stripped from the leadership role and ousted from the side following Pakistan’s 0-3 whitewash against Sri Lanka last October, said that Wasim Khan, the chief operating officer of the PCB, spoke in person with every cricketer where he asked them to clearly express if they had any reservations about going to England.
“PCB CEO, Wasim Khan spoke individually to each player and made it clear that if we had any reservations about going to England in the Covid-19 situation we should let him know without any fear,” Sarfaraz Ahmed told PTI.
“He left the final call to us and obviously all of us must have spoken to our families before deciding to go,” he added.
‘It is difficult to make a comeback’- Sarfaraz Ahmed
Pakistan recently named a 29-member squad for the tour of England. Harish Sohail and pace bowler Mohammad Amir do not feature in the touring party.
While Sohail has pulled out of the tour citing Covid-19 threat, Mohammed Amir is awaiting the birth of his second child which is due in August, the same time when Pakistan will be locking horns with England in the T20I series.
Meanwhile, Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted that it is difficult to make a comeback, especially after one has been a regular member of the team for such a long time before getting dropped
“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,” he said.