Pakistan cricket team, in general, and its captain Sarfraz Ahmed, in particular, have been in hot waters thanks to a series of defeats in Test cricket.
And like always, back to back series losses have exposed the cracks that were concealed due to a series draw against England and a win over Australia.
The anti-Sarfraz faction, which accepted his triumphs in T20s and ODIs in the last two years with a heavy heart, have now come up openly against him with all guns blazing.
After the series defeat in South Africa, the media started speculating and “reporting” that Sarfraz was about to step down as a Test captain after the third Test.
His poor show in particular and Pakistan’s batting unit, as a whole, deserves to be lamented for continuous dismal performance, but Sarfraz is not alone to be blamed for it.
However, our media went a step ahead, and one of the news channels reported, citing its ‘most credible’ source, that the captain has given up and was going to announce his resignation soon.
This was once again categorically rejected by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman.
The news has come from a very credible and seasoned journalist Abdul Majid Bhatti, who has quoted sources from the team management that ‘Sarfraz is disappointed with his team’s recent performance, but neither is he considering stepping down, nor the board has demanded his resignation.”
Later on Tuesday evening, former Test captain and a member of PCB’s Cricket Committee, Wasim Akram, also spoke in support of Sarfraz Ahmed.
“The pitches in South Africa are very difficult for Test cricket. Since our boys hardly play any cricket in that region, we have minimal experience in South Africa,” Akram said. Adding that the recent batting woes cannot be mended with the change of captain or coach.
Akram further said that Pakistan lifted the Champions Trophy in England under Sarfraz’s captaincy and argued that he should be trusted and given time for better results.