Former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, affirms that there was a fear among the Pakistan team players during the World Cup 2019.
“Even in the last World Cup I felt the captain and players were under pressure because they were thinking if we don’t do well in the tournament we will be out. That environment was created and this is not good for cricket,” Inzamam said.
He said on a TV Channel“Sarfaraz achieved some notable victories for Pakistan and was learning to be a good captain but unfortunately when he had learnt from experience and mistakes he was removed as captain.”
Inzamam was a Chief Selector from 2016-2019 World Cup, in the course of which Sarfaraz remained the captain most of the time.
After his replacement by head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, Sarfaraz was removed by the Pakistan Cricket Board as a player and captain from all three formats.
“Sarfaraz won us the Champions Trophy and also made the team number one in T20 cricket. He got us some good wins. He should have been given more time as captain by the board but it acted in haste and didn’t give him confidence or patience.”
Inzamam added, “But a captain learns all this with time. There is no shortcut to it.”
He also mentioned that Imran Khan’s leadership qualities and captaincy are praised by the people however he won the World Cup on his third attempt as captain.
“He won the 1992 World Cup because by that time he had become a seasoned captain and learnt to motivate his players and get them to fight in every match.”
According to Inzamam the selectors should give confidence to the new player and He took Babar Azam’s example for this case.
“Babar struggled initially in Test cricket but we never had any doubt about his ability so we persisted with him and see today where he is standing in all formats.”
“Babar is always compared to Virat Kohli but the latter has played a lot more cricket and if you look at their stats and performances at the stage Babar is now, he has not done badly at all.”