Pakistan cricketer Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked as captain by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday following slump in form and team’s early exit from the ICC World Cup 2019 in England. Sarfaraz was dropped from the Test squad for the upcoming tour of Australia and with Azhar Ali to take over as the new captain.
In T20Is, Babar Azam will lead Pakistan until next year’s ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
The development hasn’t gone down well with fans and now reportedly, protest has been planned against the decision taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The protest will be held on Sunday at 4 pm in Karachi at the Frere Hall.
Earlier, a PTI report claimed that Sarfaraz was offered a graceful exit fro, captaincy after being asked to step down. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman rejected the proposal. “Sarfaraz flatly refused to do this and told Wasim the Board could sack him if they wanted but he would not step down himself,” a PCB source said.
The source added Sarfaraz would also not be part of Pakistan’s T20 or Test squads for the Australia tour as head coach-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has now decided to give a chance to wicketkeeper-batsman Muhammad Rizwan.
The source said Wasim Khan had assured Sarfaraz he could make a comeback to the national team when he regained full form.
PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani has said that it was a difficult decision to remove Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain in all three formats.
In a PCB statement, Mani said that the decision to remove him was taken because of his lack of confidence and poor performance. “The decision was a difficult one but taken in the best interest of Pakistan cricket,” Mani said.