Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has had a torrid time of late. The team hasn’t been flourishing under his captaincy recently and his personal form has dipped too. He is currently serving a suspension for 4 games after ICC handed him the ban for his racial comments on Andile Phehlukwayo. Shoaib Malik is leading the side in his absence in the series against South Africa. Now, things only get worse as he may not be captaining Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup.
As per reports in Cricbuzz, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to decide the captain for the 2019 World Cup. “We never revealed the length of Sarfraz Ahmed’s tenure. We never said whether he was going to stay [as a captain] for one or two years. The PCB appoints captain on a series to series basis, and, as such, appointment for the series post PSL will be made in due course,” a PCB spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Sarfaraz under the scanner
Pakistan lost the Test series in UAE against New Zealand, which turned out to be their second loss at home last year. Prior to that, the Men in Green were knocked out of the Asia Cup 2018 prematurely. Then, they lost to South Africa in both Test and ODI series. Sarfaraz Ahmed has been receiving criticism for the losses as well as his on-field behavior.
Not just that, his form with the bat has taken a beating. Where he used to be a reliable lower middle-order batsman, is now struggling for runs. Since he became the Test captain, the 31-year-old has averaged just 24.69. His ODI average has declined by 5 runs to 27.75 during the captaincy stint.