Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed admitted that he made many mistakes during his first Test series as captain, but seemed determined not to repeat them in future after suffering first series defeat at Pakistan’s adopted home of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in seven years.
Pakistan, who had won five of the previous nine series in UAE and drawn four, were whitewashed by Sri Lanka 2-0. Sarfraz Ahmed said after the second match that it would be wrong to say that our preparation was not good or we were not familiar with the conditions.
We were well prepared and had also played a practice match in Lahore before the Test series against Sri Lanka, but could not perform well during the matches, the captain said.
The wicketkeeper-batsman, like head coach Mickey Arthur, maintained that it was not the bowling that lost Pakistan the series, but the batting. He said Pakistan should have chased the 136-run target in first Test in Abu Dhabi but the batting line-up stumbled.
Situation would have been different had any batsman played an innings like Asad Shafiq (112) in first match, or in the first innings of second, Sarfraz added. He said the conditions in Test cricket change session by session, and it is not at all easy to lead the side in the longer format. He also said that he has learnt a lot during the series which will help him in future.
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