Mickey Arthur responds to whether Imad will lead Pakistan after Sarfraz


DUBAI: Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur hinted at the possibility that Imad Wasim could ‘probably’ lead Pakistan in future, clarifying that Sarfraz Ahmed will remain the captain in all formats under him.

Responding to a question on whether he believed Imad Wasim would be the future captain of Pakistan side, Arthur said, “In future, he (Imad) probably can, but all I know is that Sarfraz is entrenched in all formats and as long as I am coaching Pakistan, I will have Sarfraz Ahmed with me.”

He was asked to react to the statement of the PCB chief Najam Sethi who recently said, “Imad Wasim is in my eye as somebody who can lead Pakistan in future.”

On future challenges to be faced by the green shirts, Arthur told that he had a clear picture about who will play the T20Is against West Indies, 2019 World Cup and Test series ahead. He stressed, “Straight after that we will be going into T20s with the West Indies. I have got a very clear picture in my mind about the T20 side, World Cup side and the Test side. We are going to take medical test, fitness test straight after the West Indies series.”

He told that a 15-member Test squad against England will be announced after the fitness tests in Lahore.

The Karachi Kings coach said he wasn’t sure whether players from this year’s edition of PSL will feature in the Pakistan side. “Whether there will be one or two players from PSL, I am not sure,” he said.

Also, he expressed disappointment at Karachi Kings’ 67-run record defeat against Quetta Gladiators in the yesterday’s match. When asked why the management decided to drop key opener Khurram Manzoor despite his 51-run score in the last innings, he opined that Manzoor played slow and hadn’t rotated the strike more often.

“He played well but he needed to rotate the strike more and he was a little bit too slow and we told him that.”