Shahid Afridi Hails PCB for Retaining Sarfraz Ahmed as Pakistan’s Captain for the World Cup
Former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi has acknowledged PCB’s decision to stick with Sarfraz Ahmed as the captain of the side for the 2019 World Cup. Not long ago, Sarfraz’s captaincy career fell in the limbo; with one of the board members’ claims, there is no certainty over who would lead Pakistan at the mega event. It all began when the ICC slapped a four-match ban on him for making racist remarks against Andile Phehlukwayo. Later, the PCB called the Pakistan skipper home and named veteran batsman, Shoaib Malik as the interim leader of the side.
Great decision by the PCB – Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi, who had featured for Pakistan in five World Cups said Sarfraz had proved himself as a leader. In his latest tweet, Afridi said Sarfraz needs support from everyone; as this is an ideal opportunity for him to make a memorable contribution.
“Great decision by @TheRealPCB to appoint Sarfaraz Ahmed captain for World Cup. Sarfaraz has proved himself as a leader and should get total support from everyone. This is an ideal opportunity for him to make a memorable contribution. Go well Saifi! “
Great decision by @TheRealPCB to appoint Sarfaraz Ahmed captain for World Cup. Sarfaraz has proved himself as a leader and should get total support from everyone. This is an ideal opportunity for him to make a memorable contribution. Go well Saifi! 👍🇵🇰
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 5, 2019
Struggling Pakistan aims to restore the glory
Of late, Pakistan had been struggling to keep up with the pace. Last year, they lost to New Zealand in Tests at home. In their following series in South Africa, the Proteas blanked them in Tests before losing the ODI series 3-2. Though the third of the three T20Is is scheduled for Wednesday, Pakistan had already surrendered in two games; losing a T20I series for the first time in around three years.
Meanwhile, Pakistan had proposed the Cricket Australia for two ODIs ahead of the World Cup which didn’t get approved as of yet. Also, the Champions Trophy 2017 winners will play two warm-up fixtures against Afghanistan on May 24th and Bangladesh May 26th.