Sarfaraz Ahmed

Former Pakistani chief coach Iqbal Qasim believes Pakistan’s skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed should shift his focus to ODI.

While talking to an exclusive interview, Qasim said the burden of leading the team in all three formats is hampering the wicketkeeper-batsman’s performance. Qasim also said that Sarfaraz Ahmed should give up the captaincy of the Test and focus on limited cricket because the burden of the captaincy in all three formats is affecting his performance.

Responding to a question about who should lead the cricket test team, Qasim said:

I think the cricket committee and especially Misbah better equipped to answer this question because it has led the team in the recent past. PCB should list a few names and conduct interviews before making a decision.

I think we should learn from the mistakes made at the 2019 World Cup and plan accordingly for the 2023 mega-event. The PCB Cricket Committee should evaluate player performance, the selection committee, and team management and share their assessment findings.

Qasim is one of the heroes of Pakistan’s victory in the 1987 Bangalore Test against India, also stressed the importance of formulating an action plan for the future.

The 66-years-old also supported local cricketers for the role of coach-in-chief of the Pakistan team. We should trust the local cricketers for the role of coach.

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Former cricketers such as Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Yousaf, Misbah ul Haq, and Mohsin Khan should be given the opportunity. One of these cricketers could be beneficial in taking Pakistan cricket forward.

Qasim also hoped that the change in internal structure will bring positive change in Pakistan’s cricket.

If PCB and it’s boss patron, Imran Khan, have decided to suspend departmental cricket in Pakistan, they must have taken that step to improve Pakistan’s cricket, but only time will tell whether this is the right decision or not.