The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently announced the squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Australia. The major development from the squad was that former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was dropped from the team across all formats. The reason for dropping Sarfaraz both as the captain and player is speculated to be that head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq was not happy with his attitude and his ways of leading the national team.
However, former Pakistan legendary fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is not at all convinced with PCB’s decision of sacking Sarfaraz from the T20I team. Shoaib backed Sarfaraz to make a strong comeback to prove his critics wrong. The former pacer also mentioned that the former skipper was not daring enough to take bold decisions as captain.
“Sarfaraz has been dropped. In my opinion, PCB is not right in dropping the former skipper as he has a good record in the T20 format. I would suggest Sarfaraz to make a strong come back and make a statement. As a captain, he was not daring enough. I hope he changes his attitude to make a comeback,” quoted Shoaib Akhtar on his YouTube channel.
Shoaib noted the fact that Australia is a very tough place to visit as it has always been a tough task for the previous Pakistan teams to win a series in the nation. He also said that wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal should have been selected in the T20I team. Shoaib isn’t happy with PCB’s selection of the batting line-up for the upcoming tour to Australia.
“It’s a difficult and tough tour. We have always failed to win a series in Australia. PCB has done progressive thinking and they have selected the right squad for the series. I am not talking about the batting, I am not fully satisfied when it comes to batting as in my opinion Kamran Akmal should have been selected for the T20 format,” Shoaib added.