Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is set to regain his place in the squad when Pakistan play T20Is against Bangladesh in January 2020.
Sarfaraz was axed from captaincy and subsequently lost his place in the Pakistan team in October before Pakistan toured Australia. The sacking had come after a series of disappointing results.
Pakistan were coming into the 2019 Cricket World Cup with a rather poor record. Trashing in all three formats against South Africa at the start of the year was followed by whitewashes in England and Australia. Pakistan however, went with Sarfaraz as captain for the 2019 World Cup, but without much outcome.
After another series defeat against Sri Lanka, Sarfaraz Ahmad was removed from captaincy and he lost his place in the team. Pakistan named Babar Azam as the captain of T20 side while Azhar Ali started to lead the Test side.
A possible recall for Sarfaraz Ahmed-
Going into the new year, it is reported that Sarfaraz might get an opportunity to reignite his career. Mohammad Rizwan was handed the wicket-keeping responsibilities in the absence of Sarfaraz. However, Pakistan do not seem to be happy with his performances, especially in T20s.
Ahead of the Pakistan’s home series against Bangladesh, Geo News’s journalist Arfa Feroz Zake reported that Sarfaraz will attend a fitness test early in January with him expected to make it to the T20 squad.
Sarfaraz Ahmed expected to be included as WicketKeeper in T20 series versus Bangladesh in Jan 2020. After M Rizwan being not so impressive in T20s, Management has considered former captain. Sarfaraz called for fitness test on 6,7Jan in NCA Lahore. Team to gather in Lahore on 5Jan
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) December 30, 2019
Pakistan had invited Bangladesh to play Tests and T20s in an attempt to regularize cricket to the country. Although Bangladesh is expected to play T20s, they are hesitant about playing Test matches owing to security reasons.