Sarfaraz opens up about demotion in ‘Category-B’
Former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has said that he doesn’t have any regrets after being step downed from Category A to Category B in Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) centrally contract. Not only Sarfaraz, leg-spinner Yasir Shah also was demoted to ‘B’ Category.
The selectors dropped him from all three formats, and took leadership from him. Despite the hard times, the 32-year old Sarfaraz sounded determined to make a comeback.
“To maintain anything, you need to work very hard. Category A, B or C doesn’t matter to me, as my main target is to make a place for myself whenever I make a comeback into the national side,”
Sarfaraz was quoted as saying on a podcast by the PCB.
Instead of expressing grief over the stepping down, Sarfaraz expressed pride because of the quality players, who got the contracts and promoted.
“Ups and downs are part of a cricketing career. I am grateful to be in the B category because all our top cricketers are in it,” he stated.
In the last two years, left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has come up with the ranking and attention from the board. The speedster currently plays all the three formats in Pakistan’s national side. For his outstanding performance, Shaheen got a promotion to Category A and is placed there with Babar Azam, the ODI and T20I skipper and Azhar Ali.
Sarfaraz also agreed that Shaheen deserved the promotion after how he has performed in the world cup and post matches.
“I am happy that Shaheen has been promoted to category A as he performed really well in the 2019 World Cup and Test cricket as well,” Sarfaraz added.
Misbah-ul-Haq, the chief selector and head coach, said that he isn’t out of contention and is a part of the national team’s plans, Sarfaraz is also concerned about this. In October 2019, Sri Lanka whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in the T20I. Hence, in the tour of Australia, the management dropped a few players, one of which was Sarfaraz.