John Harold Johnson once said that “To succeed, one must be creative and persistent” and this is precisely what the Pakistan cricket needs to achieve if Pakistan cricket is suppose to move on and flourish at the highest level.
Various factions of the society have voiced their opinion through various forums as to who should be the new captain of Pakistan’s T20 international side as Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to strip Shahid Afridi of captaincy duties.
Although their are not many choices as to who should lead the Pakistan side but one such player who has always caught my eye is our exciting wicket keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed. He is a regular member of the Pakistan side in all formats of the game and he understands the game better than his contemporaries.
Sarfraz has adequate experience of captaining at, virtually, all levels of the Pakistan cricket setup. He was the captain of the Pakistan’s under 19 side in 2006 which won the final against India. That match has fond memories for many Pakistan fans as Anwar Ali ripped apart the India batting lineup with a spell of 5/35 while Pakistan was defending a low total. Sarfraz’s leadership during that world cup campaign was exemplary and worth applauding.
Sarfraz Ahmed was also made the vice captain of Pakistan’s T20 and ODI side after Misbah-ul-Haq decided to call it a day after the 2015 ICC cricket World Cup in Australia. Having made him the deputy of the Pakistan limited overs format it makes sense to let him call the shots and hand over the T20I captaincy.
The right time
Sarfraz Ahmed who is currently aged 28 is perhaps one of ideally suited players to take over captaincy reins as there is ample amount of time left in his international career and by giving him the opportunity to develop a young side through a extensive stint at the helm of Pakistan cricket team might well do wonders for Pakistan cricket and he can even go on to lead the Pakistan ODI team because under the current captain, Azhar Ali, the team’s performance has been below par. It is worth mentioning here that South Africa promoted a young and aspiring Graeme Smith as the Proteas captain when he was just aged 22 and that changed the course of South African cricket as they became a cricket power house in a short span of time. Smith’s record as captain is a glaring example his successful tenure. Although in the past few years Pakistan have relied on player in their thirties to lead the side but it’s about time that things change.
PSL- A shining beacon
Sarfraz Ahmed was the captain of Quetta Gladiators in the recently concluded inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League and the team’s performance under him was there for everyone to see. A side which was not in the reckoning to pull off something huge but under him the side progressed really well but it was unfortunate that the team could not cross the final hurdle as they were defeated in the final. The way Sarfraz led the team and took everyone’s input while taking decisions ensured that each and every member of the side was on board and united.
In the next few days the big decision will be made and I sincerely hope that Sarfraz Ahmed will be given the freedom to express himself through the power of leadership.