Pakistan Sack Sarfaraz Ahmed As Captain Across Formats
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Friday, removed Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain across formats. The decision comes in the wake of Pakistan’s latest debacle this year as they were whitewashed at home in a three-match T20I series by a second-string Sri Lankan side. Pakistan’s performance this year has been nothing less than disastrous.
The year began with a forgettable tour of South Africa where they were whitewashed in Tests before losing the ODIs and the T20Is too. Australia then inflicted a humiliating 5-0 whitewash over the Men in Green in ODIs although Sarfaraz Ahmed was not a part of the series. Pakistan then lost an ODI series to England 4-0 before losing to Afghanistan in the World Cup warm-up game.
Their performance in the World Cup was also poor. They did finish the tournament strongly but the damage was already done as they bowed out at the league stage. And throughout this lean phase, Sarfaraz Ahmed failed to inspire his teammates with his batting.Sarfaraz Ahmed. Credits – AFP
What made things even worse for the former Pakistan captain is his poor fitness. All hell broke lose when he was seen yawning while India were cruising against Pakistan in the World Cup game. After the defeat, Sarfaraz Ahmed and his teammates became the butt of all jokes with fans criticising the players’ fitness and their training regime.
And in a video that went viral, a Pakistani fan was even seen body-shaming Sarfaraz Ahmed. The fan was seen calling the skipper before asking him why he was “fat as a pig”. The Pakistan star, however, had decided against reacting to the abuse and had slowly walked away with his son in his lap.
PCB removes sarfraz Ahmed as captain from all 3 formats
— Saleem Khaliq (@saleemkhaliq) October 18, 2019
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