Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels the time is up for the departing skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed in the national team. Notably, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain from all the formats on October 18 (Friday).

Despite, Sarfaraz been one of Pakistan’s most successful skippers, he had a tough run in the last one years. This year has not been at all good for the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side and all hell broke loose after the recent drubbing in the T20I series against Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, during his tenure as the skipper, Sarfaraz has a record of 29 wins in 37 matches, for a win percentage of 78.37 – the highest among Pakistan captains to have led in 20 or matches at this level. He also took his side to the No 1 rankings in T20Is and Pakistan also won the ICC Champions Trophy under his tenure.

Sarfaraz Ahmed
Sarfaraz Ahmed. Credits – AFP

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Speaking on the recent developments, former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar feels Sarfaraz Ahmed is the one responsible for this. The fearless fast bowler also said that the veteran wicket-keeper batsman looked scared in the last two years and didn’t lead the team from the front.

“A bad news for Sarfaraz Ahmed. He played well and sealed his spot in the team. Sarfaraz Ahmed focused on his batting when he returned to the team in 2015. But he was lost after the Champions Trophy. Even we were searching the Sarfaraz of old. He looked timid and scared in the last two years. We tried to make him understand about taking responsibility and performing. I have been saying this for the last two years. However, he thought I was bashing him” said Akhtar.

Sarfaraz Ahmed. Credit: Getty Images

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Moreover, the selectors have also dropped the Sarfaraz Ahmed from the squad for both formats, a consequence of his indifferent form. Shoaib Akhtar feels it is unlikely that he will return to the playing XI anytime soon.

“Whatever is happening now, Sarfaraz only has himself to blame for. Take your own decisions, bat higher in the batting order, be brave. Unfortunately, he is now out of the team across formats. I am pretty sure he will not be in the team anymore,” he concluded.

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