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.