Karachi: Former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has revealed that he enjoyed working with former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and he was a very popular leader inside the dressing room.
Current Sri Lankan head coach in an interview with Aamir Sohail on his Youtube channel said Sarfaraz kept the balance with players on and off the field.
“My relationship with Sarfaraz was outstanding. I was very privileged to work with great leaders like Graeme Smith, Michael Clarke and Misbahul Haq. Sarfaraz had something I hadn’t seen before. He had the ability to be an authoritative voice, like a disciplinarian on the field, but when he came into the dressing room, he transformed into a brother to the guys. He had that,” Arthur said.
“People always saw what happened on the field, like his movements, but they didn’t see the other side of Sarfaraz in the dressing room. He was a very popular leader inside the changing room, and I loved working with him,” he added.
Arthur believes that Sarfaraz was always ahead of the game with his technical knowledge, particularly in T20 cricket.
It must be noted that Sarfaraz was sacked from captaincy in all formats last year in October.
Pakistan won 11 consecutive T20 series under his captaincy. The teams included West-indies, Australia, New Zealand, England & Zimbabwe against which Pakistan won the series. Pakistan also white-washed the opponent in a bilateral series on 5 occasions under his captaincy.