Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur statement against Captian Sarfraz surprises all
DUBAI - Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has given a statement against Captian Sarfraz Ahmed after the 1st test match against Australia.
It shows the coach and the captain might not be on the same page.
Call it a grudge against any particular player or reasoning for a poor performance, but Arthur’s statement is a probable attempt at shifting the blame to Sarfraz’s on-field decisions.
Sarfraz often faced criticism for being ‘yes boss’ to the coach, even on the field; but Arthur’s recent statement is telling another story. Sarfraz’s recent past has shown that he’s been a passive captain on the field and has gone with the team management’s plans instead of his own instincts like he used to.
Speaking to an international newswire service, Pakistan’s head coach conceded that Sarfraz went against his decision to start with Wahab Riaz on the last day. ------------------------------
“I told Sarfraz that we should have gone with Abbas and Yasir but he had spoken to some senior players and they told him to bowl with Wahab Riaz,” Arthur told in an interview.
Arthur’s habit of putting the blame on the players, when Pakistan shows a dismal performance, is well known. Instead of focusing on coaching the players and working on the team’s actual gameplay, he’s been more focused on team selection and playing favorites.
He had previously used harsh words against Wahab Riaz before removing him from the limited overs side.