Karachi: Suspended Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, who was caught making racist comments against a South African player, said Sunday he was hopeful of captaining the side after his ban ends. Sarfaraz was suspended for four matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his racist comments against Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI in Durban on January 22.
“It is the PCB which will decide about the captaincy. But I am hopeful and ready to learn from my mistakes,” Sarfaraz told reporters. Sarfaraz’s fate as Pakistan captain hangs in balance because of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) existing policy of naming captains on a series-by-series basis.
Asked whether he was aware of PCB’s policy, the wicketkeeper-batsman said he was comfortable with the Board’s policy. He also declined to talk on the issue of leaving the Test captaincy. “Our next test series is eight months away let us talk about it when the time comes. As it is we will enter a new phase after the World Cup for sure,” he said.
Asked if he would stop his constant remarks from behind the stumps, Sarfaraz explained that it’s part of his nature and captaincy style. “It is my nature to play cricket the way I do it. I cannot change my nature. I do captaincy in this way and if I change my nature it would hurt my game. I back my team all the time. I keep on talking from behind the stumps to back my team,” he said.