Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar has made a tongue-in-cheek comment over the removal of Sarfaraz Ahmed from the captaincy of the national cricket team in all formats.
Sarfaraz was removed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after citing his degrading individual and leadership performances in all formats.
The PCB then appointed right-handed batsman Azhar Ali as the new Test captain, while world’s number one batsman in T20Is Babar Azam was given the captaincy in the shortest format.
The announcement of the ODI captain, as per PCB, will be made in due course since Pakistan don’t play any ODIs until July 2020.
When asked what Sattar felt about the removal of Sarfaraz, he said: “It is wrong to remove Sarfaraz on the basis of bad performances in just two to three matches.”
He continued by saying that if Sarfaraz is being blamed for everything that happened wrong with the Pakistan team, then the blame of the “increased number of stray dogs and the ongoing epidemic of dengue in Karachi” should also be put on the former captain.
Earlier, Pakistan hosted Sri Lanka in Karachi and Lahore in a landmark series, but the return of international cricket was marred by the 3-0 whitewash in T20Is at the hands of a second-string Sri Lanka side.