‘Positive signs for me to lead Pakistan in WC 19’ says Sarfraz Ahmed


Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that he is getting a positive response from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lead the side in the all-important World Cup, scheduled to start from May 30 in England and Wales.

Sarfraz, while talking to the media at Southend Club Karachi, said that he will try to make a strong comeback in the team and is confident to lead the side with a good presence of mind in the WC 19.

“Everything is alright and hopefully I will be leading the team in the Wolrd Cup,” he said.

Skipper said that the environment in the dressing room and the players’ attitude towards him was good even after that incident took place.

“People are spreading such rumours otherwise everything is supporting me including the team,” said Sarfraz who watched the first T20I between Pakistan and South Africa from home.

Sarfraz also talked about his meeting with Andile Phulekwayo in which he apologized the left-handed batsman for his racist comments. He said that there was a misunderstanding in the mind of Phulekwayo.

“Phulekwayo thought that I said something wrong to his mother so we explained to him about what actually I said,” stated Sarfraz who believes that there will be no more concerns about this issue in future.

To a query about his feelings watching the match from home, he said the team fought well and it is enough for him as a regular captain that his boys are prepared for facing challenges.

“We lost the match but our boys showed courage while chasing a long total of 193,” wicket-keeper batsman said.

Sarfraz revealed that coming back to Pakistan after getting banned for four matches by the ICC was his own decision as he wanted to take some rest.

“I think staying there was useless as PSL is around the corner and before going to Dubai I wanted to have some rest,” he said.

Answering about leaving Test captaincy, Sarfraz said that he will decide this later as their first target is World Cup 2019.

“I think there is a lot of time for me to think about Test captaincy. Our first priority is World Cup and we are preparing for that,” said Sarfraz who is confident that his team will compete strongly in the mega event.

It is pertinent to mention here that Sarfraz is currently facing a four-match ban after which he is expected to hold the command of Pakistan team once again. Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik is leading the side.