Babar Azam was asked in the press conference following the second Test against New Zealand if he regretted not including Sarfaraz Ahmed in the Pakistan cricket team for the past four years.
Sarfaraz Ahmed seized the opportunity in the Test series against New Zealand with both hands to make a memorable return to the Pakistan cricket team. Sarfaraz was Pakistan’s top scorer in his first Test series in four years, scoring a memorable match-saving century in the Karachi match. When Pakistan captain Babar Azam was asked after the series if he had any “regrets” about not having seen Sarfaraz be a part of the team for such a long time, he gave a straightforward response.
The changes that took place within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) led to Sarfaraz’s return to the Pakistan cricket team. Shahid Afridi was appointed chief selector shortly after Najam Sethi assumed the position of board chairman.
Sarfaraz was recalled by Afridi, and it’s safe to say that the seasoned batter for wicketkeepers performed admirably.
A journalist questioned Babar during the press conference following the conclusion of the second test: Pakistan’s izzat is a joke. Aap nhi samajte, England in a series, is there a chance it will win? Aapko pachtawa hai, where is the team’s char saal? Pakistan’s pride was saved by him. Do you regret that he was not a part of the team for four years?) and do you think he should have been given a chance in the series against England?
Babar didn’t budge even a little as he gave a firm response to the reporter. “Nahi, mujhe koi pachtawa nahi (No. I don’t have any regrets)”, Babar replied.
In two matches against New Zealand, Sarfaraz scored 335 runs at an average of 83.75, with an average of 83.75. Sarfaraz was also named the Player of the Match for the 2nd Test and the Player of the Series.