Pakistan’s national T20 captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has respected a three-match T20 tournament against the West Indies later this month in the UAE, naming it as a perfect stage to work out different combinations.
“It is good we are playing three T20 matches against the world champions. It will give us the opportunity to try out different combinations and give more exposure to the younger players,” Sarfaraz said before departing for Dubai.
Pakistan and West Indies play T20s on September 23, 24 and 27 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi before highlighting in three ODIs and the same number of Test matches including a day and night one.
Sarfaraz, who has captained Pakistan in just the solitary T20 international against England this month at Manchester, said he was hopeful in regards to building a solid mix for what’s to come.
“We have some exciting young players and they made their presence felt in England and this is a good sign for our future,” he said.
The wicketkeeper-batsman made it clear that the coming series would be a tough challenge as the West Indies had twice won the T20 world title.
“They have some really good specialist players for this format and we know what they are capable off. It will not be an easy series for us,” he said.
“That is good for us because we need to face tough competition while rebuilding the combination,” Sarfaraz Ahmed added.
The keeper-batsman, who has performed well with the bat, said he felt no pressure leading the Pakistan team.
“I have captained the Pakistan under-19 side in the youth World Cup and also lead the Karachi and PIA teams regularly in domestic cricket. Plus the experience of leading the Quetta Gladiators team in the Pakistan Super League in the presence of some big names was a big learning curve for me. My job is to lift the players, assign them a role and push them to meet that target. On a personal level obviously I have always believed in leading by example,” he said.
Sarfaraz Ahmed also praised Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and said “he learnt a lot from him”.
“Misbah has been one of our finest captains and I have learnt a lot by watching him do his job. He is a calm, shrewd and composed leader even under pressure who has the respect of his players and I want to follow in his footsteps as well,” he added.