LAHORE – Head coach of Pakistan cricket team Mickey Arthur said Saturday that new captain Sarfraz Ahmed is hoped to bring the much-needed aggression to the limited-overs team which has struggled in the ODI format for the last two years.
Arthur was speaking to Associated Press for an interview.
During the interview, he said, Pakistan had been playing “a very conservative type” of one-day international cricket.
This didn’t work “when other teams are scoring 320-340 runs,” the South African told reporters on Saturday in the eastern city of Lahore. “We needed to go in a direction that Safi (Ahmed) enjoys playing.”
Pakistan is No. 8 in one-day rankings, and it can’t afford to slip any further by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Sept 30 deadline, or it will have to play in the qualifying rounds of the 2019 World Cup.
Azhar Ali quit the ODI captaincy after Pakistan lost the series in Australia 4-1 earlier this year.
The Pakistan Cricket Board brought in Ahmed, an attacking wicket keeper-batsman, as ODI captain. Ahmed, who already leads Pakistan in Twenty20 internationals, will make his ODI debut as captain when Pakistan takes on the West Indies in an ODI series next month.
The first of four Twenty20s is on March 26. Guyana hosts all three ODIs, starting April 7.
The three-test series begins April 22 with Misbah-ul-Haq retained as Pakistan captain.