Former Pakistan captain and cricket expert Rashid Latif has said Sarfaraz Ahmed should be Pakistan’s first-choice wicket-keeper batsman in the England T20Is on his return to international cricket. Latif believes that Mohammad Rizwan will keep performing his duties in the Test matches.
According to former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Rizwan seems the best choice for the longer format while Sarfaraz suits better to the T20Is, especially in the light of Pakistan Super League 2020 in which Rizwan wasn’t given many opportunities in the field.
“Sarfaraz will be Pakistan’s first choice wicketkeeper in T20Is and second choice in Tests. Rizwan’s performances in Test matches have been really good so far. So I don’t think Sarfaraz will be preferred over Rizwan in Test cricket,” he said.
“The reason for taking Sarfaraz along is because they had to pick a bigger squad as the team will be in quarantine initially due to the pandemic.”
It’s important to mention here that the PCB has named a 29-member squad for the England tour that will comprise three Test matches and three ODIs. Sarfaraz, who was leading the team in all-formats until 2019 Cricket World Cup, earned a return call as a backup to Mohammad Rizwan.
While Latif thought positively of the return of former captain into the side, he was of the opinion it would be hard to bench Rizwan during the Test series.
“It will be a difficult challenge for Sarfaraz to sit on the bench after leading Pakistan for three to four years and winning titles like Champions Trophy for the country. However, it is not impossible and I expect him to fight and overcome this tough task,” he said.
“Sarfaraz could have gone a little late as well. He could have travelled during the middle of the Test series. Maybe PCB was not able to plan it properly. Since there is a chartered flight being sent by ECB, the board thought of sending everyone together. Sarfaraz didn’t have to go together as he is a very big name of Pakistan cricket as a captain and leader,” he said.