ISLAMABAD: Former Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz on Friday while keeping his fingers crossed backed Zimbabwe’s decision to tour Pakistan saying this visit has produced a massive ray of hope in cricket lovers for reviving international cricket in the country.
Talking to APP, Sarfraz said Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan will absolutely prove successful and will help in reviving international cricket. “All our players and even the whole nation are desperately waiting to see cricket in their homeland,” he said.
Sarfraz said PCB should make the most out of this tour, as it the first Test playing nation who is touring Pakistan since 2009. “I feel many other teams would be interested in visiting Pakistan after this tour,” he said.
Speaking about the revival of Indo-Pak bilateral series this year said both the countries governments should play special attention in making this series happen.
According to reports, Pakistan will play India in a full series comprising three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 internationals in the UAE in December.
“I appeal the India government to pay their kind attention in the revival of the series as it the dire need of the subcontinent,” he said.
Talking about the performance of the national team against Bangladesh, he said the determination and willpower to win lacked in the green-shirts. “It is hard to understand where the game plan was missing, was it the players or the coaches,” he said.
Sarfraz advised the PCB to allot new coaches with the team rather than making changes in the team. “I feel new coaches can help in improving the team,” he said.
Sarfraz said youngsters should be groomed and given a chance in the team.
“The Twenty-20 World Cup is next year and we should start its preparations now,” he said.