Sarfaraz had told head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq before the match that he didn’t wish to play.
“He didn’t refuse to play but yes, he had reservations and apprehensions over being asked to play in the last match of the tour,” Misbah told Geo News.
“If I had been in his position I would have felt the same way. A player does feel apprehensive and uncertain if he is told to play in the last match of the tour after not playing in earlier matches,” he added.
Misbah said the team management, comprising batting coach Younis Khan, T20 captain Babar Azam and himself, assured Sarfaraz that he was in their scheme of things for the future and that one match is not going to make much of a difference.
“After we had a candid discussion with him over his reservations, he played without apprehensions,” said Misbah.
Sarfaraz didn’t get to bat but in the final overs, in a pressure situation, he was seen advising Azam.
According to reports, Sarfaraz became apprehensive the moment he was told he was in the playing XI for the final T20, which Pakistan won, as he had trained for three hours in the nets without knowing he was to play and had gotten tired.
Sarfaraz, who was removed as captain and player last year after Misbah had taken over as head coach and chief selector, was picked for the long England tour as the second wicketkeeper, after Mohammad Rizwan.
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