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Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels that captain Sarfraz Ahmed is lacking the boldness he showed when his side won the Champions Trophy last year.
Sarfraz has been lambasted for his style of captaincy and his side’s performance in the Asia Cup, where Pakistan were eliminated in the Super Four stage after losing to Bangladesh in a knockout game.
“Sarfraz lead the team boldly during last year’s Champions Trophy but that was nowhere to be seen during the Asia Cup,” he told BBC Urdu as quoted by Geo News.
In addition to being more bold, Akhtar also wants to see Sarfraz have a voice and select his playing XI.
“He should get to decide who should be in the playing 11,” Akhtar said. “Till the last moment, there was confusion who should be dropped and who should be in the playing side. The team looked nervous and under pressure.”
The 43-year-old also conceded that Pakistan’s bowlers have a tendency of falling short of expectations if the conditions don’t suit them.
“If the conditions are not suitable for the Pakistani bowlers they are exposed,” he said.
Meanwhile, Akhtar wants Sarfraz to “accept the pressure, face it and give a good performance” in the upcoming Test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
However, should Pakistan falter and he fail to have an impact, Akhtar conceded that Pakistan may have to look for someone to take over as captain in the longest format.
When asked who his choice would be, Akhtar pointed to 23-year-old batsman Babar Azam.