Item in Cricket Age, 31 October 2018, with this title “”Sarfraz Ahmed Wants To Carry Forward Winning Momentum of Australia Series
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed vowed that his all-conquering Twenty20 team will continue their hot streak in their three-match series against New Zealand, starting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pakistan maintained top spot in the 20-over world rankings with a 3-0 whitewash of Australia in Dubai on Sunday.
Under Sarfraz captaincy, Pakistan have won 26 of their 30 matches. “We want to carry forward the winning momentum of the Australia series,” said Sarfraz, who announced Shoaib Malik will join the team in time for the match soon after becoming a father.
Sarfraz admitted New Zealand, two points behind Australia in the world rankings having played three fewer matches, will be a tougher opponent. “They (New Zealand) have a strong team with ideal batsmen for Twenty20 and a balanced bowling attack so we need to set the tone from the first game by winning it,” said Sarfraz, whose team has won 10 of their 18 previous Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand.