Sarfaraz Ahmed leaves Pakistan, set to settle down in UK

In a surprising move, former Pakistan cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has made the decision to leave his homeland and settle in the United Kingdom. The seasoned wicketkeeper-batter, who has been a stalwart in Pakistan’s cricketing history, reportedly expressed concerns about the trajectory of his career, prompting this significant life change.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, at 36, has been a pivotal figure in Pakistan cricket, leading the team across formats. However, recent uncertainties regarding his career path led him to choose a new beginning in the United Kingdom. The decision to relocate is seen as a strategic move to explore opportunities and potentially secure a stable future for his cricketing journey.

Despite the move, Sarfaraz Ahmed remains committed to the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He has confirmed his participation in the upcoming season, where he will don the jersey of Quetta Gladiators. The seasoned campaigner aims to contribute to the team’s success and showcase his prowess on the T20 stage.

Sarfaraz’s departure follows a similar decision by another Pakistani cricketer, Mohammad Amir, who recently left Pakistan with the intention of acquiring British citizenship. Amir’s move was influenced by his wife’s citizenship status in the European country. These decisions by experienced players raise questions about the challenges faced by cricketers and the diverse paths they choose to secure their cricketing futures.

In the recent Test series against Australia, Sarfaraz Ahmed faced a setback as he was dropped from the Playing XI after the opening match in Perth. Scoring only 7 runs in that game, the experienced campaigner found himself on the sidelines, prompting contemplation about his future in the sport.

Sarfaraz’s move to the UK adds a new chapter to his illustrious cricketing career, and fans eagerly await his performance in the upcoming PSL season, where he will aim to make a significant impact with the Quetta Gladiators.