Pakistan head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, said that he has no control or power to remove a captain. The 46-year-old added that he is consulted before making such a call, but the final decision rests with the Chairman of PCB.
Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked as the captain from all three formats in October 2019, just one month after Misbah’s appointment as the head coach and chief selector. Sarfaraz had been out of the national team since, before making a comeback in the team against England last month.
Question marks were raised on Misbah’s appointment as well on Sarfaraz’s sacking from all three formats. But, Misbah has made it clear that he has no authority to remove or appoint a captain.
I do not have the power to select or remove a captain. It is a prerogative of the chairman PCB and he made the final call.
He added, “Yes, he asked the management about our opinion but that is not for the public to know. It was the Chairman’s decision in the end.”
Sarfaraz was removed from captaincy after a poor run of form with the bat along with Pakistan’s early exit from the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He is currently captaining Sindh in the ongoing National T20 Cup. His poor form with the bat has continued in the tournament, scoring just 40 runs at an average of 13.33 in 4 matches.
With the glovework and batting prowess of Mohammad Rizwan and up and coming talent such as Rohail Nazir and Zeehsan Ashraf, it might be unlikely we will see Sarfaraz back in the national team soon.