Overlooked for almost the entire tour of England, Pakistan’s former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was reluctant to play when he was finally offered a chance in the third T20 International.

Sarfaraz had told head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq, before the match that he didn’t wish to play.

“He didn’t refuse to play, but yes, he had reservations and apprehensions over being asked to play in the last match of the tour,” Misbah told Geo News.

“If I had been in his position I would have felt the same way. A player does feel apprehensive and uncertain if he is told to play in the last match of the tour after not playing in earlier matches,” he added.

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Misbah said the team management, comprising batting coach Younis Khan, T20 captain Babar Azam and himself, assured Sarfaraz that he was in their scheme of…

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