Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is eager to continue batting at the number four position in a bid to offer more balance and experience to Men in Green after his recent outing against Scotland, earlier this month.
Meanwhile, with the World Cup in sight, it is a significant call for the Pakistan cricket team. Sarfaraz confirmed the news ahead of the Twenty20I tri-series against Australia and Zimbabwe.
“I have been continuously batting at No. 4 [recently] and I would like to continue there,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Sarfraz as saying
“We are basically trying to build ahead of the World Cup. If you look at the ODI side, we haven’t made many changes. Fakhar Zaman, Shadab, Haris [Sohail] who is back in the side, Babar Azam at top, Hafeez and Malik are around. So we are settling and it is good that the team is performing and we are going in right direction with the right combination,” he added.
However, it was Mickey Arthur, Pakistan’s head coach, who persuaded Sarfaraz to bat higher in the order.
This idea came during the tour to New Zealand and the results followed. Pakistan defeated the Kiwis 2-1 after being clean-swept in ODIs.
Moreover, Pakistan team is currently at the top-ranked T20I side and will have the pressure to keep the spot. The skipper, however, admitted that there won’t be added pressure on the side.
“We will definitely go with our best preparation, as in T20s no team is easy to beat. We actually don’t really think about being No. 1 or ratings. I only urge the players to give their best and leave all the other things aside,” Sarfraz continues.
In conclusion, Sarfraz Ahmed reiterated they have prepared well for the series and looking forward to it.