Leading Pakistan on the cricket field had always called for a balancing act. But it probably was never as hazardous as it is now with the Prime Minister a World Cup winning captain, one of the finest all-rounders the game has seen, a legend who had backed talent like Wasim Akram and Inzamam-ul Haq. (Complete coverage of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)
Sarfaraz Ahmed, captain of the current side, too can claim success in an ICC tournament, having won the 2017 Champions Trophy, beating India in the final. A chirpy wicket-keeper, Ahmed is perceived as a bold leader who doesn’t back out easily. But this time, he may have crossed a line.