Lahore: Head Coach-cum-Chief Selector Misbah-ul-Haq said Sarfaraz Ahmed is still the second-best wicket-keeper option for them after Mohammad Rizwan.
Talking about Sarfaraz’s comeback in the national squad for England tour via teleconference, Misbah said they needed back-up for Rizwan in a three-months long tour, hence they opted Sarfaraz, second-best option as wicket-keeper in the country.
“Sarfaraz has a good track record in England and his experience would definitely help players around. He is our second-best option as wicket-keeper and I hope he avails this chance and performs for the team,” he said.
The wicket-keeper batsman last played an international match against Sri Lanka in Lahore last year. He was dropped from the team citing poor performance and fitness.
Misbah is confident that his team will gain confidence within the given time before they take on England in first Test from August 5 in Manchester. “We have to utilize every possible resource to make ourselves prepared for the challenge. That is why we are taking 29 players with us, keeping in mind the current scenario where we will not get net bowlers, county practice matches, and other stuff there,” he said.
“I am confident with this squad which is a blend of experienced and young players. I know we left out so many names but we tried to pick the best possible players. I hope that these players leave no stone unturned against England,” he reiterated.
Upon being asked, Misbah said that West Indies tour prior their series will help them in making strategy. “This will be a whole new experience for all of us and I know it would be a little difficult to get into it immediately. West Indies series will help us observe the new changes into the game and probably it would help us in planning against England,” he concluded.