Pakistan, led by Sarfaraz Ahmed, won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2016 by defeating India. He lost his place in the Pakistan team in 2019 after failing to perform personally and as a captain. However, Sarfraz has returned to the squad for the upcoming series against England after a long absence, and he says it’s a big opportunity for him.
Sarfaraz said that being out of the team has been a great benefit for him. Because at that time, he worked with mistakes and fitness. That is what Sarfaraz said in an online live session in Pakistan.
He said, ‘Being out of the team, I have spent most of my time busy with myself. I have worked in quarantine for the last three months. I had an excellent opportunity to create myself in a new way. I have improved my fitness, and I can realize that. ‘
Despite being out of the team, he has always been in touch with the head coach and selector Misbah-ul-Haq to improve his fitness and performance, he said. He gave me a lot of advice to improve my fitness and pointed out the mistakes I had made. I have worked on them in my way. ‘
Sarfaraz was dropped from the Pakistan team after losing the captaincy in October last year. This also deteriorated the central agreement. He went down from ‘A’ to ‘B’ category.
Despite being dropped from the team, Sarfaraz joined first-class cricket to regain his form. But he could not get himself back there correctly. Sarfaraz, 32, scored 148 runs at an average of 21.14 in the PSL. Even then, he did not give up. He has worked hard.
Sarfaraz said, ‘I could not do PSLO well. However, he did not give up. Because I have to get back on the team. However, being out of the national team for 6-7 months has benefited me. I was able to work well with myself at this time.
Sarfaraz has been called up for the England tour again in July. However, he will have to fight another wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan to get a chance in the XI. Sarfaraz sees this as a challenge.
He said, ‘I have returned to the team after a long absence. It has boosted my confidence. Just like that, I will get a chance in the XI with my confidence. Rizwan is playing well, and of course, he is the first choice of the team, and I am the back-up. Those who perform well will get a chance. I have to do better if I get a chance in the XI. This is a big challenge. Now I am back in the fight, and this is an excellent opportunity for me. ‘