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Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has admitted that he doesn’t know if he will captain Pakistan during next year’s World Cup in England and Wales.
Sarfraz has received a lot of support from numerous cricketers, even though his side were whitewashed 5-0 by New Zealand in their most recent ODI series.
However, last year, Sarfraz helped Pakistan accomplish something they had never done before as he led them to Champions Trophy glory in England.
When asked about his chances of keeping hold of the captaincy, the 30-year-old was quoted by The News International as saying: “I don’t know who will be the captain in the 2019 World Cup, only PCB could answer it better.
“But what I can say is that the team is going in right direction. Except for Shoaib Malik and Hafeez Bhai, all players are young and we are carrying them. We have important tours ahead of us. We have a Test series in England, then in UAE, then to South Africa and then a series against Australia so I think we are going in right direction.”
In the meantime, Pakistan will be concentrating on their next assignment, which is a historic three-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies. All three games will be held at the National Stadium in Karachi on April 1, 2 and 3. What makes the series special is it will mark the first time that Karachi has hosted any international matches since 2009.
“It’s a very good thing that international cricket is coming back (to Karachi) after nine years,” Sarfraz said. “It was heartening to see the way people responded to the PSL (Pakistan Super League). The credit goes to the PCB and our agencies the way they organised PSL matches.
“I am also very excited as I’ve last played an international game here in 2008 against India and saw the capacity crowd and now when I saw the crowd in the PSL final. The credit goes to the whole nation and I hope they will see very good cricket.”
Sarfraz is also that fans flock to the National Stadium to witness his side take on the West Indies.
“The way you have made the PSL successful by packing the stadium, I hope you will do the same again,” he said. “I request all the people to come and support cricket. If you do the same and make this series successful more and more teams will also come to Pakistan. For me the real excitement was when the whole stadium was reciting the national anthem.
“We are very excited to play at home in Karachi, especially I am very excited to play in my home city and hopefully the whole crowd will support us we all enjoy here and play good cricket here in Pakistan.”
Speaking about the upcoming series, Sarfraz admitted that he is confident his bowlers will rise to the occasion.
“If you look at the success rate of the Pakistan team over the last two years, the bowlers [have] performed very well,” he said. “Our bowlers like Amir, Hasan, Faheem, Shadab and also Usman Shinwari, who is making a comeback while we have selected two bowlers Rahat Ali and Shaheen Afridi from the PSL. I hope if we score well while batting first, our bowlers have the capability to defend the total.”
Asif Ali, Hussain Talat and Shaheen Afridi are three of the young, uncapped players Pakistan have selected for the series due to their performance in the recently concluded PSL.
“It’s an opportunity for Hussain Talat and Asif Ali to show their talent if the opportunities come to them. If they play well they could be considered for longer formats too,” Sarfraz said. “We tried to select those players who performed well in the PSL. If you look at our team, we have been selecting young players and trying to give them a full chance. We will try to give a full chance to Asif Ali and Hussain Talat and whenever there’s a chance, we will also use Shaheen Afridi.”