Sarafaraz, a former captain, was seen performing the duties of 12th man within the collection opener between England and Pakistan in Manchester.
“In my book I am clear once you have been captain and remained on a pedestal then it is very difficult to come down and be on the bench,” Raja, who can also be a widely known commentator, mentioned on the Youtube channel, ‘Cricket Baaz’.
“I would advise Sarfaraz to think about it and retire from Test cricket and just focus on white ball cricket, a format in which he is very good and known for his aggression,” he added.
Raja, who featured in 57 Tests, mentioned a former captain and senior participant of Sarfaraz’s stature carrying drinks, though not uncommon in cricket, is frowned upon in Pakistan.
“There is nothing wrong with that because even James Anderson carried drinks when he didn’t play in the second Test against West Indies. But in our cricket culture these things are not looked upon nicely and if they involve a former captain,” Raja mentioned. “I don’t see him getting a chance in the Test format soon so he should focus on white ball cricket where he will play and be respected as well,” he added.
Raja feels the presence of Sarfaraz within the squad additionally provides stress on Muhammad Rizwan, who saved the wickets for Pakistan within the first Test.
“He being in the Test squad also adds pressure on Muhammad Rizwan who knows there is a former captain keeper breathing down his neck and that is not good for him. I think Sarfaraz should not be on the bench. He should call it a day from Test cricket.”
Sarfaraz was eliminated as captain from all three codecs final yr in a sudden transfer by the Pakistan Cricket Board however made a comeback to the nationwide squad for the tour of England because of the uncommon circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 33-year-old, who has appeared in 49 Tests, 116 ODIs and 58 T20Is, led Pakistan to the 2017 Champions Trophy title towards India. Under his captaincy Pakistan reached the primary place within the shortest format of the sport.
Raja feels Pakistan has a great probability of bouncing again within the three-Test collection as England can be lacking the companies of its star all-rounder Ben Stokes for household causes.
“Stokes is the world’s top all-rounder with bat and ball and a game changer. I think Pakistan can definitely take advantage of the situation.”
Talking in regards to the match, Raja mentioned he was disillusioned to see Pakistan pacers not bowling brief pitched balls to Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes.
“It is frustrating to digest the defeat after having dominated the Test for majority sessions,” he mentioned.
“I used to be stunned that Jos Butler, who was underneath stress to get runs, to maintain his place within the England group and Chris Woakes,who’s primarily a tailender, weren’t examined by brief pitched balls and the quick bowlers.
“Even the sphere settings for them when Yasir (Shah) was bowling weren’t ok.”
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