Would Sarfraz warm bench during World Cup?

Bilal Hussain
By Bilal Hussain February 11, 2015 15:53

Would Sarfraz warm bench during World Cup?

Karachi: First of all Pakistan team management present Down Under is capable of taking any decision no matter how bizarre it looks…

From calling Nasir Jamshed as replacement for Mohammad Hafeez to announcing Rahat Ali to replace injured Junaid Khan and of course not considering prolific Fawad Alam at all for the all-important World Cup.

“What else should I do to secure a place in the team?” Fawad must be asking the heavens with tears in his eyes…

But if you listen to chief selector Moin Khan, “There is cricket after World Cup and we will have Fawad as an important player. Right now Fawad unfortunately does not fit in the combination.”

The fantastic recipe of Pakistan team management for World Cup success… No need of the most prolific batsman!

Fawad is arguably the best international batsman present at Pakistan bench. “He is a fighter… He can lead Pakistan team from the front,” Shaharyar Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief, said last year.

And now he is not even in the World Cup squad!

“I will not let tainted players (referring to Mohammad Amir) again be a part of the national team,” Shaharyar had said last year. Now PCB is cherishing its achievement of bringing back disgraced Amir in domestic circuit. PCB is also looking forward to bring him back in the national squad once his ban expires later this year in September.

Coming back to the point, is the team management planning to rest wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed in World Cup matches? Sarfraz seems the only Pakistan player to play daringly against top teams. He has shown that in UAE last year.

Misbah himself said that Sarfraz is game-changer!

Now what has happened? Sarfraz has been misused as opener… Sarfraz has been picked in the squad for World Cup as third opener. The decision of considering Sarfraz as third opener in itself is a strange decision.

Sarfraz has showed impressive performances down the order so the decision to promote him as opener was a ridiculous one. Misbah need to promote himself up the order and come at number three or four and take responsibility as legendary Imran Khan did in 1992 and let Sarfraz come where he plays best.

One cannot have a player like Adam Gilchrist, MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers or Kumar Sangakkara overnight. Sarfraz possesses that potential and if he is given that chance, he could do that for Pakistan also. He has showed that last year.

Sarfraz opened against Bangladesh and couldn’t perform. Now Umar Akmal has been picked to keep wickets against England warm-up. So, the plans to rest Sarfraz in World Cup matches seem evident.

Let’s hope Pakistan let Sarfraz keep wickets Down Under during World Cup and not settle with makeshift wicket-keeper batsman Umar Akmal and don’t continue with its bizarre strategies.

Having diverse interests from economics to astronomy, religion, political idealism to Karl Marx’ internationalism and not to forget sports, Bilal Hussain possess the ability to simultaneously dialogue as protagonist and antagonist on an issue, which interests him. Bilal is a debater, whose cherished sanctuary is science fictions and classics and is enrolled for a PhD degree in economics at University of Karachi.



Bilal Hussain
By Bilal Hussain February 11, 2015 15:53
  • Ahmed

    Fawad did not fit, that was right decision.
    Rahat Ali proved himself in UAE, that was also right decision.
    Safaraz showed the world he is a hero. Dropping him is insane decision. They should give him confidence. Instead looks like they had been waiting for the opportunity to drop him. This thing has also affected his keeping, he is being under a lot of pressure of captain, coach and ….. Guess who?…… Ramiz Raja the great.

  • AMB

    Fawad should ask Younus Khan how to be in the team while having an average of 18 in ODIs for the last 2 years…. If Fawad have tears in his eyes, he should have shown them in media 😉

  • aleem zeeshan

    Ramiz has been the biased punjabi, who will sing praises for ‘Umar amin’ who doesn’t know how to hold a bat just because he speaks punjabi. He severely criticized sarfraz on his keeping for few misses, however same ramiz was dead silent on 5 years of torture we pakistanis endured of horrible keeping of kamran akmal. lol


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