The Pakistani cricket team's former skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed is currently going through a four-game suspension after his racially motivated comments towards South African allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo in a failed attempt to sledge the Proteas.
Upon the International Cricket Council (ICC) announcing the ban, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed their disapproval of the suspension of the wicket keeper and said that the decision had led to their “utmost disappointment” especially after the cricketer had publicly apologised for his words.
However, as per latest news, Ahmed not only hopes to make a banging comeback to international cricket but is also looking forward to spearheading the Pakistani team into the impending 2019 ICC World Cup.
Sarfraz Ahmed hopes ban won't stop him leading Pakistan in 2019 pic.twitter.com/ToYrvOlqcg— Syed Izan Abbasðµð° (@Syedizan4Syed) February 3, 2019
On Sunday, in a local press conference, Ahmed told the reporters that his chances at captaincy during the World Cup seems to be highly probable as he is getting a positive response from the Board. “The decision is with the Pakistan Cricket Board, but I have got positive vibes about it that I will be the captain for the World Cup,” Sarfraz told the reporters in Karachi.
Talking from behind the stumps has come to be an expectation out of the keeper of the fielding side. We have seen the same during India's tour to Australia when Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine got into the sledging battle but also respected each other and their sentiments in a classic war of words. However, Ahmed took it a bit too far with the “abey kaale” remarks, for which he was also slammed by the Pak legend Shoaib Akhtar online.
So when the reporters asked Ahmed if he was going to control his words from now on, he said: "It is my nature to play cricket the way I do it. I cannot change my nature. I do captaincy in this way and if I change my nature it would hurt my game. I back my team all the time. I keep on talking from behind the stumps to back my team.”
In the recent years, Sarfraz Ahmed is noticeably one of the better leaders for the Pakistani side. From the current roster, under his captaincy, the team has won 21 out of the 35 ODI matches, which is a winning record second best only to the veteran batsman Shoaib Malik (25 wins in 38 matches).