Pakistan suffered a six-wicket defeat in the first T20 match of the series against England on Tuesday. England team is playing a series of seven T20 matches in Pakistan. For both the teams, this series is important in terms of preparations for the T20 World Cup 2022. On the other hand, Pakistan’s team is trying to make new plans after the defeat in the title match of Asia Cup 2022 against Sri Lanka, as questions were raised on the team’s batting order in that tournament. The middle order of the team is also a cause for concern.
Captain Babar Azam’s tournament was poor overall. While Rizwan was the highest run-scorer in the edition, his strike rate was only 117.57, due to which former cricketers questioned his intent. Rizwan made some changes in the first T20I match against England and he scored 68 runs in 46 balls, but the middle order still seemed to falter. Pakistan had scored 158 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. On the other hand, a former Pakistani cricketer has given a big statement about Rizwan and Sarfaraz Ahmed.
In fact, wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed has become the side line since Mohammad Rizwan took over the gloves. Looking at the current condition of the team, fans and former cricketers want his return. However, Pakistan continued to place their faith in a young Mohammad Harris in the backup role. Former Pakistan cricketer Sikander Bakht on Pakistan’s television channel Geo Super made a big claim on Sarfaraz’s international future. Bakht revealed that Sarfaraz is unlikely to represent Pakistan anymore. He has also claimed that Rizwan has said that he “won’t let them come back”.
Bakht said, “Sarfaraz won’t play anymore. Our cricket community is quite small, so we get to know a lot. A cricketer who did the program with us told us that Rizwan said, “I will never let Sarfaraz come (). I will not allow Sarfaraz to return to the Pakistan team). This is because when Sarfaraz was there, he did not let Rizwan play. So now the reverse is happening. That’s what I’ve heard. I could be wrong.” Mohammad Rizwan made his debut in 2015 and secured a spot in the team after 2019.