He believes that he needs to be given rest and handle the captaincy over to Faf du Plessis, who has brilliant experience in international as well as domestic cricket. Ramiz Raja believes that it will be beneficial for the former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and he can fully focus on his “mental health.”
It was no doubt a disappointing match for Quetta Gladiators, who put on 198 on the back of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s magnificent 81. Sarfaraz Ahmed found his own form in the last two games. He is usually criticized for batting too low and not scoring enough runs or not scoring runs quickly when he scores.
Sarfaraz Ahmed was found in more tougher situation in himself when the bowlers started to bowl poorly, giving the batsmen to free their arms and score runs. Such has been the case with Usman Khan Shinwari, the left-arm Pakistan bowler, who ends up bowling at an economy of eight and over.
An incident happened in the match between Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars, where Usman Shinwari conceded 37 runs in his last two overs. Sarfaraz Ahmed lost his cool and started to shout at his bowler in which the Quetta Gladiator’s head coach Moin Khan had to calm him down during the “Strategic time-out”, and many fans found his behaviour unlikable.
Usman isn’t the only bowler who had to get a good hearing. Fellow fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain and leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood were also had to hear some words from their captain when they bowled poorly.
However, in this game, he was more calmer than he was, but in the end, he felt an itch to go hard all over again.
Ramiz Raja calls for youngsters to stand up in PSL
Apart from the question on Sarfaraz Ahmed’s captaincy, Ramiz Raja had urged the junior players to stand up in PSL. Ramiz Raja said that the youngsters need to show “temperament” when they play for their side. Guys like Haider Ali and Azam Khan scored 50 and 47 respectively but were dismissed.
Ramiz Raja felt that young guys like them have the potential to play all the overs and carry their respective teams. He believed that Haider Ali, who played a finishing role against Multan Sultans last Tuesday, could have finished the game off for his side and that he must work hard on doing so.
As for the young openers like Saim Ayub, he believes that they need to play good, long innings by carrying their team and scoring for them that will benefit the side in scoring the big totals in PSL matches.
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