Shahid Afridi And Zaheer Abbas Bat For Removal Of Sarfaraz Ahmed As Test Skipper
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to revamp the countries cricket after a dismal World Cup. In a bid to that, they have appointed Misbah-ul-Haq as the head coach and the chairman of selectors. Misbah has retained incumbent skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed as the skipper of the side. But former skippers Shahid Afridi and Zaheer Abbas feel Sarfaraz should not continue as the skipper of the Test side.
There was a buzz over Sarfaraz continuing his post after a disastrous World Cup. Pakistan were the most unpredictable side in the competition and failed to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament. Many former cricketers questioned the intensity of the players and their urge to success.
Sarfaraz Ahmed received a fair share of criticism after he failed to lift his whole team to deliver a good effort. While many thought he would lose his job, Misbah ul Haq reinstated him as the skipper across the formats.
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But Shahid Afridi in a recent conversation has expressed his concern of Sarfaraz Ahmed continuing as the Test captain. However, the former cricketer has no problem in Sarfaraz leading the team in the limited-overs format.
“I think it would be better for him if Sarfaraz didn’t become the Test captain because I think captaining in three formats is a big burden for him. He is naturally inclined to be a successful captain in the limited over cricket formats,” Afridi said.
Pakistan legend Zaheer Abbas also spoke in the same lines of Shahid Afridi. Abbas felt it would be difficult for Sarfaraz Ahmed to handle the pressure of all the formats. He also called Sarfaraz to focus mainly on the ODIs and T20Is.
“I don’t think he can manage the pressure of captaining in three formats. He would be better off only managing the ODI and T20 formats,” Zaheer said. “Test cricket is the most difficult format in cricket and it is not easy captaining in this format. Sarfaraz should be allowed to focus on 50-overs and T20 cricket,” he concluded.