KARACHI: Star all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi on Monday said that PCBs decision to rest Sarfraz before an all-important World Cup 2019 is surprising for him.

If Sarfraz wants to rest then its okay otherwise giving rest to skipper before WC is surprising for me, said Afridi while talking to the media at National Stadium Karachi.

I think Sarfraz should be there with the team as they have to participate in the upcoming world cup, he added.

It must be noted that Sarfraz along with five other key players of Pakistan team, who playin all formats, were rested when chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq unveiled a 16-member squad for the One-day series against Australia.

Australia also did not pick their key players Steve Smith and David Warner who could play their last two one-dayers against Pakistan after the expiry of their suspension because of ball-tampering.