Sarfaraz Ahmed speaks about Babar Azam’s captaincy after Pakistan’s loss to Australia
Winning in Australia is a tough job, feels Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Updated - Nov 11, 2019 10:35 am
Sarfaraz Ahmed, on Sunday, finally broke his silence after being sensationally sacked as T20I and Test captain by Pakistan Cricket Board last month. While the announcement from PCB was not really shocking, it did surprise many since the wicketkeeper-batsman had received support from the newly-appointed coach Misbah-ul-Haq just days before the sacking.
The sacking was pretty much on the cards because of Pakistan’s poor performance this year as well as Sarfaraz’s failure with the bat. And the PCB finally ran out of patience when Sri Lanka thrashed the Men in Green by 3-0 in the T20I series in their own backyard. PCB sacked Sarfaraz and named Babar Azam and Azhar Ali as the new T20I and Test captains respectively.
Sarfaraz has now delivered his verdict on his T20I successor’s captaincy. His comments have come just days after Australia thrashed Pakistan in the three-match T20I series. After the first game was washed out, the Aaron Finch-led side won the next two by seven and ten wickets respectively.
Babar is already under pressure after the heavy losses but has received some much-needed support from Sarfaraz. The former Pakistan captain stated that Babar is a young captain and he needs support from everyone around him. He also said that Australia is never an easy place to win at.
“Babar is new to the job and my message for all is that we need to support him as much as possible. He is a young captain & he has a young team with him and it’s not easy for a young captain to go to a tough place and fight against a strong team,” said Sarfaraz as quoted by Pak Passion.
Wasim Khan told me about the sacking: Sarfaraz Ahmed
Sarfaraz Ahmed also revealed how he came to know about his sacking. He revealed PCB CEO Wasim Khan arrived at his residence to inform him about the decision. Sarfaraz further said that he has no regrets of losing captaincy and also wished luck to Babar. Sarfaraz has also lost his place in the national team and has been asked to prove himself in the domestic circuit.