Is Arthur losing faith in Sarfraz’s captaincy?

Mickey Arthur defends Sarfraz Ahmed as captain Pakistan Asia Cup cricket

Mickey Arthur: “He will develop into a very good captain for Pakistan”

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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has admitted that there are some kinks that need to be ironed out in Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy.

Arthur’s comments come after Pakistan lost to India by eight wickets in the group stage of the Asia Cup. The men in green were then given a major scare by Afghanistan, but managed to escape with a three-wicket win in a nail-biting last-over thriller.

But, things went downhill again as they were thrashed by nine wickets when they faced India again in the Super Four stage of the tournament.

Pakistan now need to beat Bangladesh on Wednesday if they are to progress to the final of the tournament.

Despite the precarious position Pakistan find themselves in, Arthur defended Sarfraz’s captaincy, which has been heavily criticised throughout the tournament.

“Sarfaraz’s captaincy is growing. I’ve had the privelege to work with two outstanding captains. Sarfaraz is the third captain I’m working with, he’s a learning captain,” Arthur was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “But he’s the only captain I’ve seen who has a balance on the field and off the field.

“Yes, Saifi and I sit after every game and debrief, we’ll do that again in terms of the tactics and where we went wrong. He will develop into a very good captain for Pakistan without a doubt.”