‘He looked scared in last two years’ – Shoaib Akhtar reacts after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s sacking
Shoaib Akhtar thinks that Sarfaraz only has himself to blame for the current situation.
Updated - Oct 19, 2019 12:11 pm
Pakistan Cricket Board, on Friday, stripped under-pressure Sarfaraz Ahmed of captaincy. Not only that, Pakistan also dropped the under-performing wicketkeeper-batsman for their upcoming tour of Australia, where they will play three T20Is and kick-start their World Test Championship campaign with two Tests.
The writing was very much on the wall for Sarfaraz due to Pakistan’s terrible performances in the last year or so especially in 2019. Pakistan lost the Test, ODI and T20I series in South Africa at the start of 2019 before being thrashed by Australia and England in ODIs. Their fortunes didn’t change in the World Cup either as they bowed out at the league stage.
Sarfaraz led Pakistan to their first-ever Champions Trophy triumph in 2017 and also led them to the top of the T20I rankings. But after the Champions Trophy triumph, Sarfaraz has nothing much to show. Recently, a second-string Sri Lankan team whitewashed Pakistan in the three-match T20I series which probably brought the end of the road for the wicketkeeper-batsman as captain.
Shoaib Akhtar says Sarfaraz has himself to blame for
Former Pakistan pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar, meanwhile, thinks that Sarfaraz only has himself to blame for the current situation. The legendary pacer said that Sarfaraz looked timid and scared in the last one year or so. He also said that Sarfaraz misunderstood his advise when he asked the wicketkeeper-batsman to start delivering and take responsibility.
“A bad news for Sarfaraz Ahmed. He played well and sealed his spot in the team. Sarfaraz Ahmed focused on his batting when he returned to the team in 2015. But he was lost after the Champions Trophy. Even we were searching the Sarfaraz of old. He looked timid and scared in the last two years. We tried to make him understand about taking responsibility and performing. I have been saying this for the last two years. However, he thought I was bashing him” said Akhtar.
“Whatever is happening now, Sarfaraz only has himself to blame for. Take your own decisions, bat higher in the batting order, be brave. Unfortunately, he is now out of the team across formats. I am pretty sure he will not be in the team anymore,” he added.