The removal of Sarfaraz Ahmed from Pakistan’s Test and T20I captaincy on Friday has led to a number of angry reactions among fans and the wicketkeeper-batsman’s admirers. After his No. 1 ranked T20I side were whitewashed by an under-strength Sri Lanka side in Lahore recently, Sarfaraz has not just lost his captaincy but also his place in the side altogether, barring his ODI captaincy and future which has been put on hold at the moment.
Former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Moin Khan has joined many from his country in throwing his support behind Sarfaraz while coming down hard on new head coach Misbah-ul Haq. In Moin’s opinion, the only reason why Sarfaraz was sacked from the T20I captaincy was that Misbah and bowling coach Waqar Younis ‘never liked’ the captain who ‘led Pakistan to 11 consecutive T20I series’.
“Misbah and Waqar never liked Sarfraz. I am shocked that the PCB has removed Sarfraz from captaincy in T20I cricket. He has led Pakistan to 11 consecutive T20I series’ win and you can’t remove him due to few poor performances,” Moin Khan told ARY News on Friday.
Moin also didn’t take too kindly to Misbah assuming 2 of the most powerful roles in Pakistan cricket at the same time – head coach and chief selector.
“I think making a single person too powerful won’t work for Pakistan’s cricket, warned Moin Khan.
The wicketkeeper-batsman has also been dropped from the side ahead of Australia tour and has been asked by the PCB to regain form in domestic cricket before, in order to be a part of the side in the future.
Sarfaraz was named as Pakistan’s Twenty20 International captain following the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India, while he took over as their ODI skipper in 2017 after Azhar Ali stepped down. Under his captaincy, Pakistan won the Champions Trophy 2017 by defeating arch-rivals India in the tournament finale.