Pakistan team’s head coach, Mickey Arthur said during a press conference on Friday that they have worked exceptionally hard on Sarfraz Ahmed’s batting and he is not out of form in his core job.
Arthur said the core job of Sarfraz is to captain and keep wickets. The head coach looked satisfied with his captain’s form with the gloves.
“Understand that Sarfraz first and foremost is a captain and wicketkeeper,” said Arthur while answering a question at his press conference. “People forget wicketkeeper is a specialist position.”
The South African backed his statement with numbers, saying Sarfraz has missed just eight balls behind the stumps in the last four and a half months.
He further talked about the team captain and said that it will be the wicketkeeper-batsman himself who will admit that he is out of batting form.
“We have worked extremely hard on Sarfraz’s batting going forward, he is very determined to get it right because he plays match-winning innings, when Sarfraz plays well, he wins games for us,” he said, “I want to reiterate this, I am not worried about Sarfraz Ahmed’s form.”
He called Sarfraz a very good cricketer and revealed that they both work extremely close and they have a very close working relationship.
On a question regarding Mohammad Amir’s form, Arthur supported his senior bowler saying he is struggling, but he has got what it takes to be a match-winner for Pakistan.
“Mohammad Amir is incredibly skilled, he has a big match temperament and when the game is on the line, he wants the ball, he wants to bowl in pressure situations and that is good enough for me at any stage,” he said. “Stats not great, we know that, but sometimes you have a gut feeling about a player. When the big moment presents itself, I am comfortable he will deliver.”