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Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja believes the clock is ticking for current captain Sarfraz Ahmed as he has not been leading the national team to victory in Test cricket, and has also failed to score runs on a consistent basis.
Pakistan lost 2-1 to New Zealand in their Test series in the United Arab Emirates and have already been defeated in their ongoing three-Test series against South Africa as the Proteas hold an unassailable 2-0 lead going into the final Test.
With this being Pakistan’s second consecutive series loss in the longest format, Ramiz feels that Sarfraz has to do something drastic in order to change his side’s fortunes.
“Test cricket is pretty demanding for a captain, as one has to prepare for every session,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “He will become more proficient with every passing experience, however, time is running out for him as fans want results and they are not getting any.”
In addition to his captaincy woes, Sarfraz has also struggled with the bat as in the two Tests against South Africa, he has accumulated 62 runs at an average of 15.50.
In the preceding series against New Zealand, he amassed 88 runs at an average of 22.
However, while Sarfraz’s poor performance with the bat has not gone unnoticed, Ramiz pointed out that it will be difficult for the 31-year-old to change his technique.
“It is difficult for Sarfraz to change his batting technique, which doesn’t sit well in overseas conditions,” he said.