Ramiz suggests Sarfaraz to retire from Test cricket
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja does not see the possibility of Sarfaraz Ahmed playing Test for Pakistan very soon. Ramiz has advised the experienced keeper-batsman to retire from Test cricket, to focus on white ball cricket.
Sarfaraz was removed from the captaincy of three editions last year. He’s also excluded from the team. The 33-year-old cricketer returned to the national team with a tour of England. Presumably, there was no chance in the XI of the Manchester Test which ended on Saturday. On the YouTube channel ‘Cricket Baaz’, Ramiz explained why Sarfaraz should retire from Test cricket.
“I would advise Sarfaraz to think about it and retire from Test cricket and just focus on white ball cricket, a format in which he is very good and known for his aggression,”
“I don’t see him getting a chance in the Test format soon so he should focus on white ball cricket where he will play and be respected as well.”
Sarfaraz, who has played 49 matches in this edition, was seen coming on the field with water and shoes for the batsmen who were on wickets in the first Test. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and former captain Rashid Latif have criticized Pakistan’s team management for seeing a senior cricketer in the job. Ramiz, however, does not see any problem in this work.
“There is nothing wrong with that because even James Anderson carried drinks when he didn’t play in the second Test against West Indies. But in our cricket culture these things are not looked upon nicely and if they involve a former captain,” Ramiz said.
Mohammad Rizwan has been playing Tests as Pakistan’s first-choice keeper in recent times. Ramiz, who played 57 Tests for Pakistan, also said that the pressure on Rizwan should not be increased by keeping Sarfaraz in the team.