Legendary former Pakistan cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq feels Sarfaraz Ahmed deserved a longer rope as captain of the national side. The wicket-keeper batsman was removed as skipper post-Pakistan’s poor run at the 2019 World Cup.
Pakistan under the leadership of Sarfaraz failed to reach the knock-out stages of the marquee event. Former Chairman of selectors Inzamam-ul-Haq believes captain of the side needs time to get accustomed to the role and challenges.
“Even in the last World Cup I felt the captain and players were under pressure because they were thinking if we don’t do well in the tournament we will be out. That environment was created and this is not good for cricket,” Inzamam-ul-Haq was quoted as saying by a TV channel.
Sarfaraz led Pakistan to the 2017 Champions Trophy victory over arch-rivals India. He led Pakistan in 13 Tests, 50 ODIs and 37 T20Is. He was instrumental in Pakistan claiming the no.1 spot in the T20 rankings. Under his leadership, the sub-continental side was solid in Asian conditions.
“Sarfaraz won us the Champions Trophy and also made the team number one in T20 cricket. He got us some good wins. He should have been given more time as captain by the board but it acted in haste and didn’t give him confidence or patience,” the 50-year-old added.
After Inzamam’s departure post the 2019 World Cup, Misbah-ul-Haq headed the panel and Sarfaraz was stripped off from the captain’s role. There were talks about his lack of fitness and form with the bat. Azhar Ali is the current Test captain while batting sensation Babar Azam leads the white-ball side for Pakistan.
Inzamam backed Babar to do well. He mentioned that the young gun struggled initially but found himself among runs. Inzamam played 128 Tests and 378 ODIs for Pakistan.