Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed has come out and stated that the explosive limited overs opener Fakhar Zaman is in the mix of players that he and the selection committee are likely to consider when Pakistan next plays Test match cricket this October.
Fakhar has had a stellar start to his one-day career for Pakistan, where having played a match-defining innings in the Champions Trophy final against India, he became the quickest to 1000 ODI runs on the recent tour of Zimbabwe. Fakhar simply demolished Australia and Zimbabwe across both the T20 Internationals as well as ODI series and has done enough for the likes of Sarfraz to be convinced about his potential as a first-class batsman as well.
According to PakPassion, Sarfraz said, "If you look at our (Test) team, the opening slot is a concern, We can definitely try Fakhar in Tests in UAE. The way he's been playing, he is an opener who can attack the opposition. I am hopeful that he plays Test cricket in the near future."
Sarfraz, who only made his Test captaincy debut late last year against Sri Lanka, added "Test match captaincy is completely different as you need to judge the whole game and make important (and) good decisions about the team combinations. I have captained in (five) matches so far so I am in the learning phase."
Sarfraz further showered praise on Fakhar and said, "We gave Fakhar and Imam maximum chances while opening as this is an area we want to make strong, When we play against top teams and play events, we want to keep improving with the opening pair. We told Fakhar Zaman that if you score 100 in 30 overs and then play out the next 15 or 20 overs then you can make 200."
"We didn't send him any messages (from the dressing room during his double-hundred). He performed exceptionally on the whole tour, playing an excellent knock in the final against Australia also."
(Inputs from Cricket.com.au)