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Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has brushed aside rumours of any bad blood between him and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Sarfaraz was recently sacked as the country’s Twenty20 and Test captain, and dropped for the ongoing tour of Australia.
Babar Azam replaced Sarfaraz as Twenty20 captain, while Azhar Ali took over as Test skipper.
Speaking about being removed as captain, Sarfaraz insisted that he respects the PCB’s decision and had no regrets about the way he led the national team.
“I am grateful for whatever I achieved as the captain. I am satisfied with my performance as captain. I captained Pakistan in 100 international games in three formats. I always tried to perform for Pakistan and gave my best,” Sarfaraz was quoted as saying by Geo News. “There’s nothing to regret about.
“It doesn’t matter if I am disappointed or not as it was the PCB’s decision. My job is to play cricket and do my [best] and make a comeback. I can’t tell you when exactly but the more I perform, the [earlier] I can make a comeback.”
Sarfaraz revealed that PCB chief executive Wasim Khan told him about the PCB’s decision to strip him of the captaincy before it was made public.
“I was asked if I would prefer to resign myself or through a press release. I said that it is your (PCB’s) decision and whatever is in the better interest of Pakistan cricket, I would be satisfied with it,” he said.
Pakistan lost 2-0 in the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia, which was Azam’s first assignment as captain, but Sarfaraz believes that the 25-year-old has what it takes to become a successful leader.
“Babar will also learn from this tour. I have always supported Babar and will always do [so]. He is a young captain and has a young team. It is never easy for a young team and a new captain to win in Australia,” he said. “I hope he excels as a captain the same way he’s excelling with his batting.”