Suspended Pakistani Skipper, Sarfraz Ahmad spoke to the media for the first time since his suspension and return from South Africa. The Champions Trophy winning captain vowed to put the incident at Durban during the 2nd ODI of the series against South Africa at the back of his mind and move forward in the right direction. He also hinted as continuing as Pakistan’s ODI captain till the World cup 2019 in June saying:
“I am hopeful that I have the support of PCB and I’ll captain the side in the Cricket World Cup 2019.”
Speaking at the Southend Club Ground, Karachi the skipper said that he speaks a lot during the matches and he has always animated and this won’t change after that racial comment incident with Andile Phehlukwayo. He was adamant that he’ll keep on captaining the side in the same way and also threw some light on how the side had won the 1992 world cup and 2017 Champions trophy during the month of Ramadan (referring to the CWC’2019 which will also be played during the month of Ramadan).
Sarfraz met the Pakistan Women team at the Southend Club ground where they were playing the Westindies side in the 3rd t20 match of the series. This is important news in the context that Sarfraz’s batting form and captaincy have been under scrutiny especially after losing back to back test series against New Zealand and South Africa as well as the ODI series against South Africa. There were many speculations were being made about Shoaib Malik captaining the side in the world cup after his suspension by the ICC.
Sarfaraz’s record as Pakistan’s ODI Captain
Let’s have a look at the skipper’s ODI record for the national team.
MATCHES : 32 , WON : 20 , LOST : 11 , TIED/NR : 1 , WIN% = 62.5 .
The record is impressive in ODI as captain with Champions trophy 2017 being the highlight of his career , the skipper seems determined to win the 2nd ODI world cup for Pakistan this June.
There’s no official announcement from the PCB yet about who is going to lead the national team to the Cricket World Cup 2019.
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