New Delhi: Shoaib Akhtar has insisted that he has been telling Sarfaraz Ahmed to drag up his socks since final two years and subsequently nobody else is chargeable for the sacking of the wicket-keeper batsman as Pakistan skipper in Assessments and T20Is.
“I saw it coming for Sarfaraz. Nobody else is to be blamed but him. Been telling him for two years to pull up his socks,” Akhtar tweeted on Friday.
Apart from being stripped off captaincy, Sarfaraz has additionally been dropped for the upcoming tour of Australia, the place Pakistan will play three T20Is and two Assessments. His axing was on the playing cards after the crew’s house collection defeat to a depleted Sri Lanka in T20Is.
Talking on his YouTube channel, Akhtar mentioned: “The situation which has occurred is due to his own fault. It was not someone else’s fault.”
“I also want to tell you that they will not even keep him in the team. I can guarantee that right now. They will not give him a chance in the team,” he added.
The Rawalpindi Categorical additional termed Ahmed a ‘timid’ captain.
“Since the last two years, we have been looking, where his positive mindset and aggressive batting went. He could not get out of the influence of Mickey Arthur and was unable to make any decision. He was also unable to make selections. I feel he was a timid captain,” he mentioned.
Following Pakistan’s dismal efficiency within the 2019 World Cup within the UK the place they couldn’t make it to remaining 4, Akhtar had mentioned Sarfaraz needs to be stored within the crew for his wicket-keeping and batting expertise and never as a captain in any of the three codecs.
The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ had additionally termed the 32-year-old as a “brainless captain” following Pakistan’s defeat to India within the Spherical-Robin stage of the World Cup.