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Sarfraz Ahmed accepts that Pakistan cricket is going through tough times

Sarfraz said that the immediate goal is to win the three-match series in West Indies

By Rashmi Nanda -

Pakistan’s newly appointed limited over’s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed accepted that the country’s cricket was going through tough times while avoiding to speaking on the PSL spot-fixing scandal.

The wicketkeeper-batsman said that the upcoming West Indies series would be a big challenging series for Pakistan cricket. The skipper also said that they are going there to win the three-match One-Day International series and qualify directly for the 50-overs World Cup in 2019.

On the eve of the team’s departure for the Caribbean, Ahmad told PTI, “I don’t want to comment on the PSL issue but yes we are going through tough times and we need to do well in the coming series to boost our people.”

A few days ago, Ahmad had said that Pakistan would miss the opening batsman Sharjeel Khan, who was suspended after found involving into the spot-fixing scandal, in the West Indies.

Pakistani Head coach Mickey Arthur said his players’ needs to take more responsibility, especially after the PSL scandal. He further said, “Look what happened with Sharjeel and Khalid it is past now and although it is very disappointing one has to move ahead. Players need to take more responsibility, especially after this incident.” 

Arthur concluded, “I feel upset and sad when I look at the bright future ahead of Sharjeel as he had made his place in all three formats and he was getting fitter. But greed is always bad in sports and it is hurting cricket.”

Pakistan will start their lengthy tour of West Indies with its first match of the four-match T20I series at Kensington Oval Barbados on 26 March 2017.