Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 26 April 2019

The Cricket Pod: Can Sarfraz Ahmed handle Pakistan Test captaincy?

We assess where Pakistan’s Test side go next after the loss to New Zealand, and India’s opening Test win in Australia.

Sarfraz Ahmed's captaincy has come under scrutiny following the Pakistan team's chequered performances in 2018. They failed to qualify for the Asia Cup final in the UAE despite going into the tournament as favourites and with 'home advantage'. Their 2-1 Test series defeat to New Zealand in Abu Dhabi made it worse. And although they beat Australia in the Test and T20 series shortly before that, Pakistan's batsmen have been criticised for being unable to deliver while under pressure. The spotlight will, therefore, be on Sarfraz over the next few months. AP Photo
Sarfraz Ahmed's captaincy has come under scrutiny following the Pakistan team's chequered performances in 2018. They failed to qualify for the Asia Cup final in the UAE despite going into the tournament as favourites and with 'home advantage'. Their 2-1 Test series defeat to New Zealand in Abu Dhabi made it worse. And although they beat Australia in the Test and T20 series shortly before that, Pakistan's batsmen have been criticised for being unable to deliver while under pressure. The spotlight will, therefore, be on Sarfraz over the next few months. AP Photo

Virat Kohli might have missed out, but India still had enough to make a winning start to their four-Test series in Australia, thanks to the excellence of Cheteshwar Pujara.

Hosts Jon Turner and Paul Radley discuss India’s prospects heading to Perth, and look back on a historic Test series win for New Zealand in the Emirates in the latest edition of The Cricket Pod.

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Also in this episode:

  • If not Sarfraz Ahmed, then who can lead Pakistan’s Test side?
  • We talk to Adnan Mufti on his decision to retire from international duty with the UAE and move to the UK instead.
  • UAE players are left frustrated as their Emerging Teams Asia Cup campaign is ended by rain.

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Updated: December 11, 2018 02:12 PM

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