Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed slid among their ranks, having demoted to Category B in PCB’s central contracts list announced a few weeks ago. While the likes of Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Naseem Shah had plenty to celebrate, Sarfaraz was left with plenty to ponder. However, he is keen on winning back his spot whenever a chance sets in.
In late 2019, Sarfaraz Ahmed lost his captaincy due to Pakistan’s dreadful run in T20Is at their own backyard. The 32-year old’s form with the bat was also a cause of concern. In Tests, ODIs, and T20Is, he averaged 37, 28 and 22 respectively in 2019. While Babar Azam took charge of the limited-overs sides, the selectors gave Azhar Ali the reins of the Test team.
But for the former skipper, it doesn’t matter whether categorized in A, B or C since his focus is to make a comeback in the side. Sarfaraz’s only target at this point is to win his place back in the national team. The keeper-batsman understands that to remain at the top, one has to put in the hard work. In a piece of positive news for him, coach and selector Misbah-Ul-Haq made it clear he would be considered for the upcoming tour of England.
“In order to maintain something, one has to work hard. Getting category A, B, or C does not matter. My main goal is to make a comeback to the senior side. To maintain something is always challenging. For me, remaining in Category A, B, or C is not a big deal. My main target is to get back into the Pakistan team whenever I get a chance.
If you’re a cricket, you experience ups and downs. I am thankful to Allah that I’m in B category, it’s a good category and has stars in it. My target is to avail any opportunity I get and to make a spot for myself in the team once again.” Sarfaraz Ahmed said as quoted by Times Now.
Sarfaraz Ahmed all praises for Shaheen Shah Afridi:
The former Pakistan captain hailed Shaheen Shah Afridi for his sensational performances last year that earned him a Category A contract. The left-arm speedster was magnificent for the men in green last year, having shone for them in their disastrous World Cup campaign. Afridi took 16 wickets in only five games at 14.63 with two four-wicket hauls. The 32-year old mentioned that he deserved the status that he received from the PCB.
“B category is also a top category which includes top players. Shaheen Afridi performances were top-class and he has proved himself. He rightly deserves category A and I hope best for him.” the 2017 Champions Trophy winning skipper added.