The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) removed Sarfraz Ahmed from captaincy for just a few bad performances but their defensive approach towards Azhar Ali raises eyebrows.
Massive support to the current Test captain Azhar Ali despite continuous failures in his last 12 innings indicates something fishy in removing Sarfraz from captaincy. Was Sarfraz really removed due to his performance?
The question remains unanswered as without scoring even a half-century in the last 12 Test innings, Azhar once again got full support from the stakeholders of the PCB. The Chief Executive Wasim Khan wants people to give some time to Azhar.
“He has just taken charge of the team. Give him some time as he is capable of doing good for Pakistan. It would be unfair to decide his fate right now,” Khan defended Test skipper in a presser at National Stadium Karachi on Wednesday.
If we compare Sarfraz and Azhar for their last 12 Test innings then the former captain is way above than his counterpart. Sarfraz had scored 281 runs at an average of 25.55 with three fifties whereas Azhar, in his last 12 Test innings, managed to score just 162 runs at an average of 13.50.
Looking at stats of both the cricketers, was already-tested Azhar a better choice than one of the successful captains in Pakistan’s cricket history, Sarfraz?