Veteran Pakistan player Sarfaraz Ahmed made headlines with his return to the national team. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands in the Test series against New Zealand after 4 long years and became Pakistan’s top-scoring batter as well. He also smashed a match-saving century in the Karachi game.
However, after the series, when Pakistan captain Babar Azam was asked if he had any ‘regrets’ as Sarfaraz Ahmed was not a part of the team for such a long period, he responded negatively. Notably, his return to the team came as a result of the changes in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as well. After Najam Sethi came in as the board chairman, Shahid Afridi was appointed the chief selector as well.
And, it was Afridi who recalled Sarfaraz Ahmed, and it’s fair to say that the wicket-keeper batter kept the faith of the selector.
In the press conference after the second Test, a journalist asked Babar Azam: “Usne Pakistan ki izzat bachaayi. Aap nhi samajte ki usko England ke series par bhi chance milna chahiye tha? Aapko pachtawa hai ki wo char saal ke liye team par nahi tha? (He saved Pakistan’s pride. Do you think he should have got a chance in the series vs England and do you regret that he wasn’t part of the team for four years?)”
🗣️ "He executed his plans well and rescued the team from difficult situations."
— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) January 8, 2023
Babar Azam’s reply regarding Sarfaraz Ahmed made headlines
Babar Azam didn’t wait much as he gave a firm response to the reporter. “Nahi, mujhe koi pachtawa nahi (No. I don’t have any regrets)”, he replied.
However, in two matches against New Zealand, Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 335 runs at an average of 83.75, with an average of 83.75. He was also named the Player of the Match for the 2nd Test and the Player of the Series as well for his stunning show.