Sarfaraz Ahmed, former Pakistan captain, has responded to the recent allegations leveled against him that he was reluctant in playing the final Twenty20 International against England after having been benched for the entire tour, which included three Tests and as many Twenty20 Internationals.
According to a report published in Geo Super, Sarfaraz Ahmed was disappointed at being benched for the major part of the series and his patience had run out when the Misbah-Ul-Haq-led team-management approached him to play the final T20I.
At this Sarfaraz had expressed ‘deep reservations’, something Misbah-Ul-Haq also admitted during the press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. According to the report, Sarfaraz only agreed after the team-management assured him that even if he fails to perform in the match, he will still be a member of the side.
Misbah defended Sarfaraz in the press conference, saying that he had only ”expressed his reservations”, which he said something “I would also have done if I were in his position.”
”Any player can have concerns when given the final match of a tour and that’s what Sarfaraz also had. He had pressure that if things don’t go his way then he could be in trouble,” Misbah said.
Sarfaraz Ahmed responds to the criticism
Ever since the news broke out, Sarfaraz has come under heavy scrutiny. Syed Yahya Hussaini, a renowned Pakistani journalist, took to Twitter on Thursday, where he lambasted Pakistan Cricket Board for their double-standards,, to which the former Pakistan captain responded by saying –
‘Na main gira na meri umeedon kay menaar, par kuch long mujhe girane me kai baar giray’ which roughly translates to ‘Neither I have fallen nor have my hopes, it is those who have tried to pull me down, who have fallen multiple times’
نہ میں گرا نہ میری امیدوں کے مینار گرے
پر کچھ لوگ مجھے گرانے میں کئی بار گرے??? https://t.co/KAx4D3YM6G
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) September 10, 2020
Sarfaraz did play the final T20I but he did not have a fruitful outing. He did not get a chance to bat and behind he wickets, he missed a crucial stumping of Moeen Ali, who was batting at 7 at the time before proceeding to score a whirlwind 66, which almost won the game for England.