Misbah-ul-Haq confirms Sarfaraz Ahmed will be part of England tour


Karachi: Pakistan head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has confirmed that former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be part of the squad for the upcoming tour of England.

The wicket-keeper batsman last represented Pakistan in October after he was sacked as captain from Tests and T20Is.

Pakistan is planning to send 25 players to England in July to meet the demands of playing an entire tour in a ‘bio-secure’ environment.

“We will be taking a group of 25 to 27 players to England because we can’t ask for replacements and we all have to be together from start to end so that no one catches the virus,” he said in an interview to YouTube channel, Cricket Baaz.

“Yes it makes sense to take two keepers on this tour because where will we find a replacement in those conditions. Sarfaraz is obviously our choice,” Misbah added.

Misbah once again clarified that he had no personal motive in axing Sarfaraz as captain of the side from all formats.

“I felt that as time progressed Sarfaraz was feeling more pressure because of his own form which was suffering. It was a decision to give him a break so that he could rest and make a strong comeback. I am happy to see that he has worked very hard on his fitness and game. He is very much in our plans,” he maintained.

Misbah also said that the upcoming tour of England will not be easy for anyone part of the team as circumstances are not ideal for cricket.

“There is a feeling of depression right now all over the world because of this Covid-19 problem and with sports suspended there is no entertainment. People want to move on so I think we must give it a try,” he said.

It must be noted that Pakistan has to tour England for three Tests and as many T20Is. ECB had convinced PCB after positive talks over biosecurity arrangements during the tour. ECB proposed to start the series with the first Test from August 5 instead of July 30.

Pakistan will arrive via chartered plan earlier in July, and players will remain in quarantine for 14 days before going out for training.

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