Un­der fire Sar­fraz told to control tem­per­a­ment

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Pak­istan cricket cap­tain Sar­fraz Ahmed came un­der fire af­ter his side lost the Test se­ries 2-1 loss against New Zealand on Fri­day.

For­mer cap­tain turned com­men­ta­tor Ramiz Raja stated that Sar­fraz needs to control his tem­per­a­ment, and needs to learn from Ki­wis cap­tain Kane W i l l i a m s o n . “Wil­liamson lead­er­ship is sim­ple; he gives a short brief to his side, he brought two debu­tant spin­ners in UAE, which were both able to out­class Pak­istan in its home con­di­tions.”

“Sar­fraz needs to learn from Wil­liamson cap­taincy, he es­pe­cially needs to work on his tem­per­a­ment, be­cause when­ever, Sar­fraz yells at his play­ers they get ner­vous, which be­comes counter ef­fec­tive in tough sit­u­a­tion,” said Raja, while talk­ing at Ramiz Speaks.

Ex­press­ing dis­ap­point­ment over the test de­feat, the for­mer cap­tain opined that the se­nior play­ers in the team need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity, as they need to step up in pres­sure sit­u­a­tions. Raja also crit­i­cized the tail end for their con­tin­u­ous bat­ting flops, call­ing it among the worst in the world.

“There is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for this de­feat, as Pak­istan per­formed be­low par in all de­part­ments,” he added.

New Zealand dis­missed Pak­istan for 156 in their sec­ond in­nings to seal a 123-run vic­tory and a 2-1 se­ries tri­umph on day five of the third and fi­nal test in Abu Dhabi.

Set 280 for vic­tory on the fi­nal day, Pak­istan suf­fered two sep­a­rate bat­ting col­lapses as New Zealand’s bowlers se­cured a mem­o­rable vic­tory at the Sheikh Zayed Sta­dium.-Agen­cies

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