Arthur backs Sarfaraz as multi-format skipper

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur feels that Sarfaraz Ahmed is the right man to lead Pakistan in all three formats.

Arthur admitted there would be times when Safaraz would need to be rested with some big tours looming for Pakistan.

Speaking to Arthur said: “I think he will be fine with captaining Pakistan in the three formats.

“He is a captain who leads by example which is very good. What we have to do now is to manage Sarfaraz through the tours so that when the going gets tough, we will need to try and find him a time where we can give him a little bit of a break.

“But, as I said, Sarfaraz can handle captaincy in all three formats without a problem and go from strength to strength as a captain.”

Arthur also expressed the belief that fast bowler Hasan Ali would be able to translate his success in the shorter formats of the game to Test cricket.

Hasan has played just two Tests so far with a solid, if unspectacular, return of six wickets but his promise is evident to all who have seen him play.

Arthur added: “I do think he [Hasan Ali] will improve in Test matches. I believe that he will get better and better and is definitely an outstanding player for us.

“As he gets more experienced in different conditions, his cricket will get better and I have absolutely no problem with his progress so far.”

Arthur was quick to downplay rumours of a rift between himself and senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez on the recent tour to New Zealand.

Responding to being asked if there was trouble between the two, Arthur said: “There is absolutely no truth to that news at all. I really hate it when false news is reported about the team.

“The fact is that Hafeez and I had a great chat where I explained that to bring some new players through, we need to expose them at different times and situations.

“Hafeez is a wonderful player and has been for a while. But he knows that he has got to be bowling to nail his place in the team.

“When he is bowling and batting, he gives us that excellent advantage and that is what we have had our conversation about. He knows what he has to do and there are absolutely no issues between Hafeez and I at all.”

Pakistan have a break from international cricket during the Pakistan Super League but their next scheduled assignment will be the visit of the West Indies for three T20Is at the end of March.