Sarfaraz Ahmed just loves to speak his mind out when he interacts with the media. The Pakistan skipper just does not think about the repercussions or the reactions that would follow after his comments. Just a few days ago, Sarfaraz Ahmed had become the butt of all jokes after boldly claiming that his team would try to score 500-600 runs against Bangladesh.
Well, Pakistan failed miserably and ended up on 315. And while they went on to register a thumping 94-run win over Bangladesh, they failed to make it to the semifinal of the World Cup because of their poor net run-rate. Days after that bold statement, Sarfaraz Ahmed was involved in yet another interesting interaction with a journalist.
It started with the lady asking the Pakistan skipper whether Shoaib Malik deserved a farewell match. But while asking the question, the journalist referred Bangladesh players as Bengalis. Sarfaraz Ahmed was not at all amused with the question and angrily told the journalist not to use the word Bengali.
“Don’t call them Bengalis, call them Bangladesh or you will get banned,” said Sarfaraz Ahmed before expressing his disappointment over not being able to give Shoaib Malik a farewell game.
Here is a clip involving that incident:
Question: Do you not think Shoaib Malik deserved a farewell match against the Bengalis?
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 7, 2019
Talking about Pakistan’s World Cup journey, they exited at the group stage. The reigning Champions Trophy holders did manage to do extremely well towards the end but the early losses cost them dear. Pakistan started the competition on a poor note with West Indies thrashing them by 7-wickets. They then lost to India and Australia and had managed just 3 points from their first five games.
But then they bounced back and beat South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to finish strongly. However, their poor net run-rate meant New Zealand went ahead despite having the same points as that of the Men in Green.