Waqar earmarks Sarfaraz the next T20 captain

Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis has denied reports claiming that the exclusion of Sarfraz Ahmed from the two Twenty20s against Sri Lanka was part of a ‘conspiracy’ to sideline the 28-year-old wicketkeeper.


“In T20 cricket, a team combination is always drawn after assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition,” Waqar said.

“So, not only Sarfraz but each player who is not picked for a particular game is a given a reason for their exclusion. The player is always taken into confidence in such matters,” he added.

According to Waqar, Sarfraz remained a key player for Pakistan and earmarked him as the next T20 captain.

The 43-year-old former paceman expressed disappointment at reports suggesting that Sarfraz had been kept out of the team at the behest of the coach.

“Holding a grudge against Sarfraz or any other player would mean I am against my country,” he said, adding that people in Pakistan should focus on the team’s recent achievements instead of creating controversy.

Pakistan clinched the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka in a sensational last-over finish by one wicket to on Saturday, capping a successful tour where they also won the Test series 2-1 and ODIs 3-2.