Pakistan cricket team skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has said that he is not resigning from the captaincy of the team and team doesn’t have to say sorry as the performance wasn’t as bad as been pointed out.
Sarfaraz Ahmed was speaking to the press in Karachi after returning from England, and said that team responded very well after the defeat to India and bounced back strongly.
He said that he was not giving up his captaincy but clarified that the final decision would be taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board. About team selection he said: “The team was constituted by consensus.”
Sarfaraz Ahmed also rued the net run rate rule that saw New Zealand edge past Pakistan into the semi-final despite both teams finishing the group-stages with 11 points each. Pakistan’s net run rate took a massive hit when they lost their first World Cup 2019 match to the West Indies by 7 wickets. Pakistan were bundled out for 105 after which West Indies gunned down the total in just 13.4 overs.
“There is no need to say sorry. We worked hard and gave our best. We haven’t returned with 2-4 points, but with 11. We accept that we didn’t perform well as a team in the 1st 5 matches but it wasn’t as bad a performance as people are making it out to be,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.
Pakistan were down and out after they lost their 5th match to arch-rivals India in Manchester on June 16. Sarfraz’s men lost all the momentum that they had gained after stunning England in their 2nd World Cup 2019 match after back-to-back defeats to Australia and India.
Sarfaraz Ahmed pointed out that the personal abuse some of the Pakistan players received after defeat to India affected them psychologically but that the team management helped them handle the situation well.
Sarfaraz was body-shamed on a number of occasions and an unruly fan hurled hurtful comments at the Pakistan captain when he visited a UK mall with his son.
Pakistan roared back to form after their loss to India as they kept themselves in contention for a semi-final spot with wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan on the bounce. Sarfaraz’s men finished their campaign with a convincing win over Asian rivals Bangladesh at Lord’s on June 5.