Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has experienced a sharp dip in form ever since he was handed the captaincy baton. Unable to conjure runs consistently in all three formats, there continue to be questions raised over the 32-year-old’s place in the team.
There are a lot of potential back-up wicketkeepers available in the domestic circuit, waiting to pounce on an opportunity to make the cut for the national side. If Sarfaraz’s performances do not improve quickly, it might well be curtains for him in the playing XI.
Mohammad Rizwan is one such name who could replace Sarfaraz, as he already has plenty of international experience. Rizwan recently had a fruitful outing against Australia in the ODI series ahead of the World Cup where he racked up two centuries and may well find a spot in the side soon even as a specialist batsman.
Abid Ali is another such player who can offer wicketkeeping duties though he does not usually don the gloves. Abid had a fantastic start to his career with a stunning century on debut but failed to get a spot in the final World Cup squad announced by Pakistan.
Rohail Nazir is the rising star and the face of the future of Pakistan cricket. With an average of 37.50 in first-class cricket, the Under-19 skipper could may well get a chance to play the game at the highest level. Another option for the selectors is Umar Siddiq, who shone in his debut season in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and frequently provided glimpses of brilliance.