Sack Sarfaraz from captaincy: Coach Arthur

Vastavam web: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has recommended to the PCB’s Cricket Committee that Sarfaraz Ahmed be sacked from captaincy as he himself sought two more years to deliver “remarkable results”. The Committee reviewed team’s performances in the last three years, including the World Cup, where Pakistan could not qualify for the semifinals.

According to a source, Arthur suggested to the members that Shahdab Khan should replace Sarfaraz as captain in the limited-over formats while Babar Azam should be given the reins of the Test side. “Arthur did have some negative things to say about Sarfaraz’s captaincy skills to the members,” the source said. “I need two more years with the Pakistan team and then I can deliver remarkable results,” Arthur is believed to have told the Committee, headed by PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan.

Arthur has been working as head coach with the Pakistan team since mid-2016. He has also applied for the position of head coach with the Sri Lankan Cricket Board. Under him, Pakistan’s biggest gain was winning the ICC Champions Trophy two years back. The team became number one in ICC’s T20 rankings but performance in Test cricket dipped drastically while it remained inconsistent in One-day format.

The contracts of Arthur and other support staff member will expire on August 15. Sources said Arthur, who made a presentation to the Committee on the team performances and selection decisions, is said to have left the members unimpressed with his arguments and explanations.