Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has revealed his wish after making comeback in the team after eight months.
The wicket-keeper batsman while talking to reporters via teleconference said his wish is to score a double-century in Test cricket.
“Every batsman wishes to achieve this landmark as it is considered to be a lifetime achievement. I have scored in domestic cricket but unfortunately, I haven’t scored in international cricket but now if there is any chance of scoring, so I will definitely go for it,” Sarfaraz said.
“On previous England tours, I didn’t score a fifty and got dismissed in the 40s but if I will get the chance so I will bat long me and the team,” he added.
The 33-year-old feels no competition with Mohammad Rizwan, who is Pakistan’s preferred wicket-keeper in recent times and gave the example of country’s greatest wicket-keepers Moin Khan and Rashid Latif.
“We all know, in the past tours of England. Both Rashid and Moin got to play and there was no first and second option. Rizwan is obviously doing well for the team and I will also be there with the team,” he added.
Sarfaraz stated that after getting dropped from the side, he tried to work on his fitness and went on to play domestic cricket to improve his form.
“I went to Faislabad to play domestic cricket then I played in National T20 cup and Pakistan Super League. So, I tried to stay focused there,” he added.
He also shared his thoughts as a former skipper on the squad combination for the upcoming tour of England.
“We have been doing good in Test cricket lately as we won against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Fast bowlers are impressive in our squad which will benefit us in England. Our record has been great there in the Test format and hopefully, we will do well as an away team,” he maintained.
It must be noted that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced a 29-player squad for three Tests and three T20Is against England. The Pakistan team will leave for ‘bio-secure’ England tour on June 28 via a chartered plane.
Sarfaraz and pacer Sohail Khan have made a comeback while emerging batsman Haider Ali has received his maiden call-up. Sarfaraz was dropped from the side last year in October and was also sacked from the captaincy role.