Shoaib Akhtar attacks Sarfaraz Ahmed
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar launched a scathing attack on Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed for his inability to lead the team from the front. According to Rawalpindi express, Sarfaraz Ahmed is not fit for the captaincy role as he thinks that he is good only at wicketkeeping and batting.
Akhtar’s bold remarks comes after Pakistan’s exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where he said Sarfaraz Ahmed should not be the captain in any format and urged Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to sack him as captain.
“No way should he continue as captain of the Pakistan cricket team. He should not be the captain in any format. He should be used for his keeping and batting skills,” Akhtar told cricketpakistan.com.pk.
Sarfaraz Ahmed managed to score 143 runs at an average of 28.60 and took 13 catches behind the stumps during the quadrennial event.
Despite winning their final four round-robin fixtures of the marquee event, Pakistan couldn’t progress to the knock-out stage.
The Green Shirts were handed a heavy opening deficit by West Indies and they were haunted by a washed-out game with Sri Lanka, which saw them missing out on a top-four spot on net run-rate, with New Zealand make through at their expense and ended up as runners-up.
Akhtar suggested PCB to act soon over captaincy role and urged to make Haris Sohail the captain in ODIs and T20Is as he thinks Sohail can do the job well and in Tests, Babar Azam should lead Pakistan according to Akhtar. “Haris Sohail should be made the captain. He should captain the side in ODIs and T20Is.
“They should test him (Babar Azam) in Test cricket. I wish him the best. He has scored a lot of runs.”
As of now, Sarfaraz Ahmed is the captain across all three formats and after team’s failure at World Cup, he has chosen against stepping down as captain. Needless to say, Pakistan Cricket Board will take a big step over his future in the coming weeks.
The 1992 World Cup winners and Champions Trophy holders are not back in cricketing action until November and December when they take on Australia in three T20s and two Tests.