York­shire rocked by Sar­fraz’s call home

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Tony Mar­shall

YORK­SHIRE have suf­fered a blow af­ter Sar­fraz Ahmed was forced to end his stay at Head­in­g­ley early.

Ahmed has to un­dergo fit­ness tests for Pak­istan’s three-match T20 se­ries against an ICC World XI.

York­shire’s di­rec­tor of cricket Mar­tyn Moxon said: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing, and it kind of sums up the sit­u­a­tion that we have with in­ter­na­tional cricket.

“It’s such a dif­fi­cult prob­lem to get over­seas play­ers for any length of time, and even for the short space of time that we were guar­an­teed to have Sar­fraz, sud­denly the goal­posts have changed and he’s not now avail­able.

“It’s a com­mon theme, I’m afraid, and it’s very frus­trat­ing. It frus­trates all coaches when some­thing un­ex­pected is just dropped on you, and when you sign some­one think­ing they’re go­ing to be avail­able right to the fi­nal if need be, and then within a cou­ple of weeks that’s changed, then it’s very dif­fi­cult.

“Sar­fraz is a good bloke, a re­ally nice bloke, who’s fit­ted in well and got on with the job. He’s worked hard and prac­tised hard, so I’ve no com­plaints there at all.”

Sar­fraz had not per­formed par­tic­u­larly well though. Af­ter mak­ing 42 on his de­but, he man­aged a com­bined score of just 11 across his next three games.

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