Pakistan’s skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed is under deep waters after the series defeat to New Zealand by 2-1, last evening. Sarfaraz’s role as a captain is now in the scanner by quite a few fans and experts, who believe it's best that Ahmed hands over the baton to another individual.
With Pakistan’s next assignment being the Test series against South Africa, Sarfaraz Ahmed has started to reconsider the Test captaincy status, as the first game begins on December 26.
"When things like this happen, you do start to think about it.
"But let's see what happens. The tour of South Africa is a tough one and if you start thinking like this before it then it is not helpful for anyone. If I make mistakes, or it is because of me that the team is losing then I will definitely think about it, and if there is someone better than me to do the Test captaincy, then he should," Sarfaraz expressed.
Sarfaraz has also backed veteran batsmen such as Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, as plenty question their quality when put under pressure by an opposing team. The best case example was the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi when Azhar Ali failed to guide his side to victory, falling just 4 runs short in the end.
"They are both senior players, you can't drop them, they scored hundreds and took us out of trouble. That time we needed their hundreds. In the second innings, Azhar was out to a good ball, they did not commit mistakes. But if the batsman is in good form then he has to carry that in both the innings,” he said.
The wicket-keeper batsman was also agitated with the way his batsmen didn’t show consistency throughout the series and want each and every player from the camp to take a page of Kane Williamson’s book on how things are done with the bat.
He also had no intentions of blaming the Pakistani coaches, as it was him and his team who went down on the field with wrong execution patterns, which lead to the host team’s demise in the test series versus the black caps.
"We have that example of Kane Williamson who carried his team's batting throughout the series. Our batsmen have scored runs, but not consistently. If they played a good and big inning then they did not score big in the next."
"The head coach has his job, the batting coach has him, but it's the responsibility of the players as well," Sarfraz said. "Mentally, we have to be strong as a batting unit. The batting pair who play the new ball has to set the momentum because it's not easy to bat on the fifth day,” He further added.
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