'Don't call them Bengalis, call them Bangladeshis,' says Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to journalist

WION Web Team India, Delhi Jul 08, 2019, 07.36 PM(IST)

File photo of Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. Photograph:( AFP )

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Pakistan cricket team returned home after a fifth-place finish in the points table

Pakistan cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed gave a controversial reply to a female journalist on being asked why all-rounder Shoaib Malik was not given a farewell match. 

"Don't you think Shoaib Malik deserved a farewell match against the Bengalis as his performance against them is good?"

In reply to that, Sarfaraz said, "Don't call them Bengalis, call them Bangladesh, otherwise you will be banned." 

Malik confirmed his retirement from one-day cricket without making a farewell appearance in his side's victory over Bangladesh in Pakistan's last league stage match of Cricket World Cup 2019. 

He justified the decision of not taking Malik in the playing XI against Bangladesh as the team wanted to play the match with winning combination. 

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Pakistan cricket team returned home after a fifth-place finish in the points table, level on 11 points with New Zealand. But the Kiwis qualified as the fourth team for the semi-finals owing to better net run rate.

"There is no need to say sorry. We worked hard and gave our best. We haven't returned with 2-4 points, but with 11," Sarfaraz Ahmed said during his first press conference on reaching home. 

"We accept that we didn't perform well as a team in the 1st 5 matches but it wasn't as bad a performance as people are making it out to be," he added.