Off colour Sarfaraz
Has he been made a scapegoat?
Before the Sri Lanka tour, there was a major revamp in the cricket structure as well as the top management. There are regional teams now formed that are already playing competitive cricket and we hope that this shall bring out the best talent to the fore that shall serve our country for a long time to come.
The management too has been changed. Misbahul Haq has been given the dual responsibilities of a head coach and chief selector. The legendary Waqar Younis is there as a bowling coach. These changes did not begin to show any results and we remained as a team as unpredictable as ever.
Sri Lankans who came as a young side with almost none of their senior players in the side and could beat us hollow in the T20 series – a format that we are top-ranked in. Not for a series or two. Not for a month two. But for a very very long time.
Now the management thinks that the captain is to be blamed for all the ills that our team suffers with. Hence the preparations that were underway for long took effect this Friday. The team captain that brought home the Champions Trophy when he hardly was in saddle and did us proud on many other occasions has been sent home, in the sense that he is dropped from the side as well for the upcoming Australia tour. The replacement for T20 seems alright; in Babar Azam there is only one fear that he under the captaincy pressure might lose concentration on his batting which shall be a huge loss for Pakistan. As for as the Test format is concerned, Azhar Ali is back and should give the game lovers jitters because he was the one who was replaced with Sarfaraz in the first place for poor leadership skills and too defensive an approach. If the cricket is to look forward and compete in newer and aggressive form of cricket then Shan Massod the other potential candidate for captaincy would have been the right choice to lead Pakistan in longer form of the game.