Pakistan ready to challenge other teams in World Test Championship WTC, Says Sarfaraz Ahmed
Pakistan captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, is confident that his team is ready to make an impact at the ICC World Test Championship WTC after fighting for form in this format over the past two years.
After the entry and exit performances in the last two years since the retreats of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, I think we are now ready to challenge other teams at the World Test Championships WTC.
Pakistan’s first challenge will be a tour of Australia in November, where they will play two tests in the following series of home trials against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Pakistan currently ranks seventh among the 12 test teams in the ICC World Rankings, and Sarfaraz admitted that his team had not been consistent or convincing in the longest format for a while.
We have fought after losing Misbah and Younis, and we are in a rebuilding process. However, now I think our batsmen are ready to fill the gaps and take responsibility.
-Sarfraz on Batsmen-
We have Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Shaan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, who have now gone through the routine and can do well at the Test level. There’s also much experience now behind Azhar and Assad.
-Sarfaraz on Bowlers-
Pakistan needed to find one or two Test-class spinners to support Yasir Shah and a couple of fast-bowling players to step up since Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Aamir have stopped playing cricket Test.
“We need to work on our bowling alley now, and we have a couple of new pacemakers to look at and find some spinners. I think we are now in a position to do well in the test format that now has more meaning and purpose and every match is important,” he added.
Sarfaraz as Skipper seen his team lose the series of at-home tests to Sri Lanka and New Zealand while being beaten in South Africa.