Sarfraz Ahmed happy to have Pakistan tagged as ‘underdogs’ in WC
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he is happy with Pakistan being labelled as ‘underdogs’ rather than a ‘favorite’ one to travel to the World Cup.
Recently, Pakistan suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat in the ODI series against Australia in the UAE.
When concerns prevail that the clean sweep could hurdle player’s confidence level, Sarfraz Ahmed voiced otherwise saying they have sufficient time in hand prior to the mega ICC event.
“We have got ample time before the World Cup, the players who were dropped are an automatic selection for the cricketing event,” he said.
“We are looking to get the right team combination during our five-match series against England in England. We will definitely benefit from the time we will spend in England, we are going almost a month ahead of the World Cup,” said the captain.
“Look, when we go as favourites, then it’s a problem, but if we go as underdogs then other teams feel the danger, so I think being underdogs is good for us and eases the pressure,”
the wicket keeper-batsman stated in a press conference in Lahore on Monday.
A 17-men Pakistan squad will depart for England on Tuesday with Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali as the two extra players added for the five match limited over series against the hosts.
Leg spinner Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the ODI series with a virus and it will be Yasir Shah who will take his place in the squad.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (left) and Mickey Arthur held their press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday. The team leaves for England for a T20I and five ODIs, and the @cricketworldcup early Tuesday morning.@SarfarazA_54#WeHaveWeWill
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