Sarfaraz Ahmed came under severe scrutiny for his fitness and the team’s ouster in the World Cup 2019. However, after the World Cup 2019 he was given a chance, to lead Pakistan against Sri Lanka in the T20I series where he failed miserably. After his failure against the Sri Lanka team not only was he removed as a captain but also dropped for the team.
Following his exclusion, Azhar Ali was named as the captain of the Test side while Babar Azam was first named as the T20I captain before the board giving him the reigns of the ODI side as well. The tour to England will mark the first assignment for Babar Azam as ODI captain but former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq believes Ahmed deserved more time.
Sarfaraz Ahmed Was Learning, Deserved More Time: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Sarfaraz Ahmed brought a certain change in the Pakistan side with his outright captaincy approach. He overlooked a period where Pakistan lifted the Champions Trophy in 2017 without the odds favouring them. Inzamam-ul-Haq believes Ahmed deserved to spent some more time as a captain.
“Even in the last World Cup, I felt the captain and players were under pressure because they were thinking if we don’t do well in the tournament we will be out. That environment was created and this is not good for cricket,” Inzamam said.
“Sarfaraz achieved some notable victories for Pakistan and was learning to be a good captain but unfortunately when he had learnt from experience and mistakes he was removed as captain,” the former captain told a TV channel.
Ahmed led Pakistan to 50 ODIs, winning 28 and losing 20, at a win per cent above 58.