Sarfaraz's comeback could be a double-edged sword for Pakistan team: Inzamam.

 
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LAHORE -- Former Pakistan cricketer Inzamamul Haq believes wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed's comeback could prove to be a double-edged sword for the Pakistan team.

Sarfaraz was named in the 29-member squad announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the upcoming tour of England. Pakistan is scheduled to take on the home side in three Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), which will be played in August-September.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Inzamam cautioned the Pakistan team management about the impact the former captain's return can have on the dressing room environment.

"They will have to be careful about the dressing room environment. If they give confidence to Sarfaraz, then it can be beneficial for the team. Since Babar is a new captain and Azhar Ali is also not as experienced as Sarfaraz, so Sarfaraz can give suggestions and guide the new captain. But if you don't give him confidence, then it can make your dressing room environment quite tense," said Inzamam.

"Since Babar played under Sarfaraz's captaincy, so there can be pressure on Babar as well. Similarly, those players that have played under Sarfaraz, can also come under pressure," he added.

The 50-year-old also has a bone to pick with Sarfaraz for accepting a 'B' category central contract offered by the board.

"PCB should have either put Sarfaraz in 'A' category or they should have not offered him the contract at all," he said. "I have a small complaint with Sarfaraz as well. You should think about your stature yourself. Sarfaraz should have refused the central contract. He should have...

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