Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked off from captaincy last year after team Pakistan showed a stroke of poor performance and skipper had to face the criticism. The number one T20 side lost its momentum and has recently been slide down to the fourth spot in ICC T20 rankings. Since Sarfaraz is not in the squad anymore, the board decided to delegate him from category A to category C.
Till 2019, the wicket-keeping batsman captained all three formats and gave his foremost to utilize the stamina out of his players and dragged the team to the topmost spot. However, after maintaining a winning streak of eleven wins in the T20 format, the side gave a bit horrendous performance as on the outcome of which, the skipper who lifted the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and ICC U19 World Cup Trophy, was sacked off from captaincy of all formats.
It is to be noted that since the wicket-keeping batsman has been removed from his captaincy spot by PCB, he has worked passionately on his fitness level which he showed later in Quaid e Azam trophy as well. The maintained fitness has been noted by many cricketing authorities.
Subsequently, the head-coach-cum-chief selector, Misbah ul Haq, has revealed that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will be considering Sarfaraz Ahmed for England’s series.
Sarfaraz Ahmed can be on an agenda for England’s series
“We will be taking a group of 25 to 27 players to England because we can’t ask for replacements and we all have to be together from start to end so that no one catches the virus,” he said in an interview to YouTube channel, Cricket Baaz.
“Yes, it makes sense to take two keepers on this tour because where will we find a replacement in those conditions. Sarfaraz is obviously our choice,” Misbah added.
A PCB seems optimistic about their tour of England, earlier, they have sent an agreement of confirmation to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). PCB will be sending the national team to England in July for a test and a T20 series as confirmed by the CEO of PCB, Wasim Khan, and among twenty-five to twenty-six players that will be taken to England, Sarfaraz will be one of them.
“I felt that as time progressed Sarfaraz was feeling more pressure because of his own form which was suffering. It was a decision to give him a break so that he could rest and make a strong comeback. I am happy to see that he has worked very hard on his fitness and game. He is very much in our plans,” he maintained.