Sports teaches us sportsmanship, comeback defines a player's will to succeed. Pakistan players were under radar for their alleged mistreatment of former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed on Day 2 of the first Test against England.
This comes after Ahmed saw a slump in his career. His captaincy was questioned after Pakistan exit the 2019 World Cup and following that the side lost to second-string Sri Lankan unit at home. As a result, he was dismissed as the captain and later demoted to category B in the central contract. Furthermore, he lost his place to Mohammad Rizwan as the first choice wicket-keeper.
The visuals from the match showed Ahmed carrying shoes in the middle after wicket of Rizwan fell. He was also seen carrying drinks for the batsmen later in the day. And many among the cricket fraternity did not like the fact as they believe a Championsh Trophy-winning captain should not have faced the fate.
Emotions aside, it was only fair on Pakistan's side to ask Sarfaraz Ahmed do a regular 12th man's job despite all his achievements for the national team. Ups and downs are a part of one's career and Ahmed has always seem to be graceful in his defeat. 'Carrying shoes' in no means demean his stature in the team or shows that the management or players disrespect him. It is just a part of the game and should be respected.
Pakistan will feel they have their job done with the 250-odd runs lead ahead of the penultimate day. The visitors failed to get their footing right as England bowlers came all guns blazing and reduced them to 137/8 after they were bowled out in the first innings.
Overnight batsmen, Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas might not be able to stick around for too long on Day 4 but every run will be crucial for both the teams under these circumstances.
Pakistan have bowlers in form of Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas along with the spin twins Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah to help them have a bite of the victory