Pakistan’s first-round exit in the World Cup has cast a cloud of uncertainty over Sarfaraz Ahmed’s captaincy future. Although Pakistan achieved four consecutive wins towards the end of the tournament, criticism was directed at Sarfaraz’s lax approach to leading the team in the initial half of the competition.
With several former players calling on Sarfaraz to quit his role as Pakistan skipper, star speedster Shoaib Akhtar has also voiced a similar sentiment. Shoaib declared it was time to relieve the wicketkeeper-batsman of his captaincy duties in the limited overs formats and reserve as leader for Tests only.
According to Shoaib, a better choice of captain would be left-handed middle order batsman Haris Sohail, who had a fantastic tournament with the bat. While Haris could not play many matches in the World Cup, he made full use of his opportunity in the latter part of the competition, striking match-winning innings against South Africa and New Zealand. However, Haris does not have any experience of captaining a team on the international stage.