Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has dismissed unfounded rumors circulating about his departure from Pakistan, according to reliable sources.
Contrary to reports in local media suggesting that Sarfaraz left Pakistan due to disillusionment and a bleak outlook on his future, it has been clarified that he is presently in London with his family. Sarfaraz, whose wife resides in London and son is studying there, plans to return home shortly.
Looking ahead, Sarfaraz is set to participate in the upcoming Pakistan Super League season nine, where he will lead Quetta Gladiators. Upon returning to Pakistan, he also intends to engage in domestic cricket. The skilled right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman is eager to make a comeback to the national team, having been dropped following the initial Test of the recently concluded series against Australia.
It’s noteworthy that Sarfaraz gained prominence by guiding Pakistan’s Under-19 team to victory in the World Cup in 2006. Additionally, he holds the distinction of being the first Pakistan captain since the legendary Imran Khan to secure a 50-over world title.
Assuming the captaincy of the ODI team in February 2017, Sarfaraz Ahmed faced challenges during the Champions Trophy in June of that year. Despite starting as the lowest-ranked team, Pakistan rebounded spectacularly, defeating South Africa, and Sri Lanka, and hosting England before clinching the trophy against India.
Sarfaraz led the Pakistan team until October 2019, but a dip in his personal form led to his removal as captain in all three formats and eventual exclusion from the squad.