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Mohsin Khan wants Sarfraz Ahmed to be relieved of Test captaincy

He also made some derogatory comments for Mickey Arthur.

Sarfraz Ahmed
Sarfraz Ahmed. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Former Pakistani cricketer, Mohsin Khan has invited a new controversy with an unwanted suggestion. The head of the fresh cricket committee in Pakistan, Khan wants Sarfraz Ahmed to be relieved of Test captaincy. Announced publicly only on Friday, Mohsin’s appointment had the PCB apparently distancing itself from the Justice Qayyum report on match-fixing, in a bid to convince him to work with Wasim Akram.

The other members of this committee are former Pakistani skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and former women’s captain Urooj Mumtaz. Just about a week before this committee was formed, on a show that was aired on Bol TV, Mohsin made some outcast statements. This has resulted in a chaotic start to the existence of this new committee.

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Mohsin calls Arthur a stupid donkey

In that show, Mohsin Khan called Mickey Arthur, the head coach of Pakistan cricket team a ‘stupid donkey’. The committee, which will need to have three meetings a year with the head coach, will only spoil the relations after the derogatory comments from the former cricketer. Also, it is on this show itself where Khan has adviced that Sarfraz should be removed as the Test captain.

“I have said it before and I will say it now too. With Sarfraz, I was saying you got a new guy in, don’t put the burden of three formats on him. It will take such a physical load on him, T20s, ODIs and then Tests if he is captain he will not get any mental relaxation. I had said make him T20 and ODI captain and in Tests, put in a senior player for a year, year-and-a-half which will give him [Sarfraz] time, allow him to relax and groom himself as a leader, to get some confidence,” the 63-year-old said.

To support his statements, Mohsin gave the example of Pakistan’s performance in the Asia Cup. He said that Ahmed looked to be mentally tired. “Sarfraz’s body language was so down. I felt sorry for him that he’s had so much pressure put on him, with T20s, ODIs and Tests. There’s no doubt he is so talented and it’s not as if he is 35-36. He is young, he has a lot of time. That was my view before and it is now as well,” Mohsin Khan added.

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