Our fans will not boo Steve Smith: Sarfraz
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed insists that Pakistani people will not boo Steve Smith as they love cricket and its players. Sarfraz Ahmed’s remarks came after he was asked whether his fans would boo Steve Smith and that he was willing to perform the same role in case Smith becomes a scapegoat of Pakistani supporters, the captain smiled and said that he wasn’t really expecting the same response from Pakistani fans.
“I don’t think Pakistani people are doing like that. Pakistan people love cricket and they love to support cricket and they love the players,” Sarfraz Ahmed added at the press conference.
For the unversed, Steve Smith served an international ban for his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal. He was constantly booed by Indian supporters calling him ‘cheater, cheater’ during the India-Australia game at The Oval on Sunday. It was Indian captain Virat Kohli who turned his attention towards the fan base and asked them to stop trolling Smith and asked them to encourage and support the spirit of cricket.
Kohli’s gesture earned tonnes of praises from fans all across the world. Steve Smith himself went up to Kohli and shook hands as a part of sportsmanship.
We have a plan to tackle Australia top order: Sarfraz
Pakistan skipper is wary of Australia’s dangerous top-order brigade that has set the tone pretty well so far. According to Sarfraz Ahmed, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and David Warner are they key wickets. However, he is confident that they would tackle the top-order with a masterplan.
“In most World Cup games, teams whose top order has delivered have done well. I know that Australia’s top-order is a dangerous one. They have Finch, Steve Smith and Warner. We have to tackle them and for that, we have worked out a plan,” he said.
Pakistan lost 5-0 to Australia in the ODI series in the UAE but Sarfraz believes that the team that plays the best cricket has the advantage.
“That’s in the past. We are not thinking about. At the moment we are just thinking about tomorrow’s game. Our morale is very high. Momentum is very high. So hopefully we’ll do very well against them tomorrow,” he said.