Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has admitted that it is possible captain Sarfraz Ahmed will be rested for the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia.
Inzamam noted that if Sarfraz is rested for the series, it will be due to his heavy workload as of late.
In addition to this, it will give him time to rest and recuperate ahead of the World Cup in May.
“This is my idea [to rest Sarfaraz] and a few others,” Inzamam was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Our players have been playing for quite a long time, Asia Cup [in September 2018], then the series against Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and then straightaway PSL. After PSL there’s no time. There’s the Australia series then there’s Pakistan Cup at home and the England tour.
“I don’t think players should play for that long. So I am resting those who are under a lot of stress from last five months and playing in all three formats.
“If you enter in any event, I have a strong belief that you should go with fresh legs, fresh minds, instead of having injuries like stiff backs, shoulder injury, elbow problem or a hamstring injury. I don’t think we should enter into such a big tournament like this.
“We have to enter the tournament with players who are 100% fit and fresh both physically and mentally. Within two months’ time, starting from England series, we have to play around 20 to 21 games and it will be a hectic outing to England including practice matches.”
Should Sarfraz be rested for the Australia series, which begins on March 22, Shoaib Malik is likely to lead the team again.