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Azhar Ali gets behind Sarfaraz Ahmed after former Pakistan captain’s cryptic tweet

Written by Vipin Darwade

Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali came out in support of his under-fire predecessor Sarfaraz Ahmed, who once again made the butt of all jokes after missing an easy stumping chance in the third T20I against England earlier this week.

Sarfaraz Ahmed was trolled for failing to stump Moeen Ali during England’s run chase, when the all-rounder had just come in and was batting on 7.

The missed stumping almost cost Pakistan the game as Moeen went on to top-score with 61 runs but England still fell short of the 191-run target by 5 runs.

Sarfaraz posted a cryptic tweet in Urdu after the match in which he seemed to be hitting back at his critics. Azhar saw the tweet and replied: “Bhayya you have so many fans including me you will answer small number of people with your performance InshA Allah u have done so much in past for Pakistan and you will in future thanks for giving positive energy throughout the tour… stay strong.”

The third T20I was the only match Sarfaraz played on the tour after warming the bench and fetching water for his teammates as the 12th man during the Tests and T20Is.

During the second match he was caught yawning while sitting in the Pakistan dugout which triggered a series of memes and jokes on social media. He had done the same during the final Test against England in Southampton.

Sarfaraz was sacked as Pakistan captain in Tests and T20Is in October last year after a string of poor performances. He also lost his place in all three sides after losing the captaincy.

The 33-year-old has not played a Test match for Pakistan since January last year.

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