Sarfraz Ahmed to let PCB take a call on his Pakistan captaincy

Waseem Ahmed 20:06 08/07/2019
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Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Sarfraz Ahmed has put the ball in the court of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with regards to the captaincy of the Pakistan side across all formats.

The wicketkeeper batsman has been leading Pakistan across all three formats for some time now although the role is set to come under the scanner following the team’s exit in the 2019 ICC World Cup.

The Men in Green finished fifth on the points table after attaining five wins in their nine games and narrowly missed out on a spot in the semi-final due to their inferior net run-rate compared to New Zealand.

Addressing a media gathering in Lahore on the team’s return from England, Sarfraz stated that the captaincy decision solely rests on the PCB.

“It’s not that I’m saying I refuse to resign,” said the Pakistan skipper.

“All I’m saying is the decision rests with the PCB, the same way as the decision to appoint me captain was taken by them.

“I’m sure they’ll take the decision that’s best for Pakistan.”

Sarfraz lauded the displays of Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi and expressed his satisfaction at the overall display of the squad. Babar’s reputation was further enhanced in the tournament with the right-hander’s tally of 474 runs now being the highest ever registered by any Pakistan batsman in World Cups.

Young Afridi, meanwhile, impressed one and all after picking up 16 wickets in just five matches including a memorable five-wicket haul at Lord’s against Bangladesh.

“The performances overall have been good,” Sarfraz stated.

“The most junior bowler (Shaheen Afridi) picked up 16 wickets. Babar Azam playing his first World Cup batted brilliantly and scored a century and half-centuries.

“As a team, we put up a great fight. It is unfortunate we couldn’t qualify.”

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