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Mohsin Khan, who was recently appointed as the head of the of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) new cricket committee, believes that Sarfraz Ahmed should no longer captain the Test team.
While PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has already dismissed the notion, Mohsin pointed out that he is concerned about the physical and mental toll that captaining Pakistan in all three formats is having on Sarfraz.
Using the recent Asia Cup as an example, Mohsin noted that Sarfraz’s “body language was so down”.
“I have said it before and I will say it now too,” Mohsin told Hum News. “With Sarfraz, I was saying you got a new guy in, don’t put the burden of three formats on him. It will take such a physical load on him, T20s, ODIs and then Tests if he is captain he will not get any mental relaxation.”
In regards to the Asia Cup, Mohsin added: “Sarfraz’s body language was so down. I felt sorry for him that he’s had so much pressure put on him, with T20s, ODIs and Tests. There’s no doubt he is so talented and it’s not as if he is 35-36. He is young, he has a lot of time. That was my view before and it is now as well.”
However, Mohsin and the rest of the PCB’s cricket committee don’t have the power to strip Sarfraz of the captaincy. Only Mani is authorised to do that.
“Yes, absolutely,” Mohsin said. “I have spoken to Ehsan Mani, the final decision will of course be his but I will give him the suggestion. Whatever suggestions I give, it will not be out of personal interest. I will only suggest those things that will help make Pakistan better on or off the field.
“This New Zealand series, it has Tests, ODIs and T20s, it will give us a better picture of how much mentally stronger Sarfraz has become. I will repeat – I only say this because he is still young and he doesn’t need this much pressure on him. He needs some relief time because wicketkeeping itself is such a difficult job.”
Despite Mohsin having aired his concerns, Mani insists that Sarfraz is the right man to be leading Pakistan in all three formats.
“I have full faith in Sarfraz as Pakistan captain,” Mani told ESPNcricinfo. “He is the Pakistan captain, that is completely unambiguous. He is the Pakistan captain today, there is no other consideration or thought in anyone’s mind. He has the absolute support of the board.”