Many don’t remember who was the coach or manager or manager-cum-coach during Pakistan’s successful World Cup campaign in 1992. But yes, the one who knows that Pakistan won 1992 World Cup can also tell you, who was Team Pakistan captain – Imran Khan.
So Misbah-ul-Haq, please come out of your shell and start leading the team from the front since it will be you, who will be remembered for what successes the team gain in ongoing World Cup. Chief selector Moin Khan now out of the equation, you have a chance to start taking important decisions, although there are still some friction – Waqar Younis.
In cricket circles back home, it has become a norm to criticize team management for not selecting specialist wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed. Makeshift Umar Akmal has dropped dollies against India and West Indies.
Miandad and Aqib Javed, the World Cup 1992 squad member, also believe Sarfraz should be made included in playing XI.
Also if Sarfraz has initially been picked as a third opener, then he must be given a chance in main tournament matches after experiment with out-of-form Younus Khan failed. Nasir Jamshed has also performed miserably.
So when the team goes in the match against Zimbabwe in Brisbane on March 1, Misbah should take some good decisions – one of them to pick Sarfraz.
Imran Khan, as ‘historians’ put it, took all the important decisions – who to pick and who to bench… Misbah also need to do that and become more proactive and leave his seemingly passive style of leading the team.
After all even in blockbuster India movie PK, Sarfraz with an ‘a’ in the middle didn’t actually betray… A bit digressing, but after the movie, where Sarfraz was spelt as ‘Sarfaraz’, I have read it at many places that Sarfraz has been spelt as Sarfaraz… But trust me, here in Pakistan, though it be Sarfraz Ahmed or Sarfraz Nawaz, they spell their name as Sarfraz!