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Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has admitted that he is a big fan of Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur.
Hussain believes the duo have formed an excellent combination and helped Pakistan exceed expectations, especially during the Champions Trophy in England in 2017, where they won the tournament.
With the World Cup starting next month, Hussain conceded that he wants to see the same level of emotion and passion both Sarfraz and Arthur have shown over the years.
“I really like Sarfraz Ahmed and I like the Sarfraz Ahmed and Mickey Arthur combination,” he told PakPassion. “Mickey has worn his heart on his sleeve and with me working on television I know that any time something emotional is happening on the field or some event is happening in Pakistan cricket during a match I have a producer in my ear saying get the camera on Mickey Arthur for his reaction.
“Pakistan is a very emotional, cricket-loving nation and what Pakistan need is a street-fighter-type in charge of the team and I mean that in the nicest of ways and Sarfraz Ahmed is that street-fighter and someone that I would definitely want to go to battle alongside against any opponent.
“Yes, Sarfraz Ahmed has made his mistakes and had his misdemeanours and had his critics but I think Sarfraz Ahmed has got something about him. He could easily have walked away and just been a player, but he has got something about him and in the heat of battle he will not bottle anything.
“I don’t see Sarfraz Ahmed as a bottler, I see him as a real fighter and the Pakistan fans that I know and have known over the years they want their team to fight, and with Sarfraz Ahmed and Mickey Arthur you get that fighting spirit in abundance.”
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.