PAK vs AFG: Azhar Ali schools critics on social media

Pakistan lost to Afghanistan by six wickets in first T20I

By Web Desk
March 25, 2023
Azhar Ali addresses media - Cricket Australia

Pakistan's former Test cricketer Azhar Ali schooled people who crticised young cricketers after one bad performance. 

A young and inexperienced Pakistani squad lost to Afghanistan by six wickets on Friday. Following the defeat, people started criticising the young players. 

While reacting to the criticism, Azhar urged people to not judge players after one bad performance. 

"It is so unfortunate that people on social media straight away start to criticise the selection after a defeat it’s easy saying things in hindsight. They speak about building bench strength but they can’t even be patient. All these players have potential to bounce back," he wrote. 

It must be noted that, while chasing a target of only 93 runs, Afghanistan reached home in 17.5 overs for the loss of four wickets.

This was the first win for Afghanistan over Pakistan in international cricket.

Debutant Ihsanullah claimed two wickets in his first over to put the batting side under pressure. However, Afghanistan held their nerve to chase down the target.

Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who finished the match with a six, scored unbeaten run-a-ball 38 with the help of three fours and a maximum.

Earlier, after a brilliant bowling display by Afghanistan, Pakistan were restricted to 92-9 in 20 overs. This was Pakistan's lowest total after batting full 20 overs in T20Is. Previous was 96-9 vs Australia in 2014.

Saim Ayub, middle-order batter Tayyab Tahir and right-arm quicks Zaman Khan and Ihsanullah made their Pakistan debuts during the match.

Meanwhile, top-order batter Abdullah Shafique, all-rounders Faheem Ashraf and Imad Wasim, and Azam Khan marked their returns to the Pakistan side.

The second T20I of the series will be played on Sunday, March 26, at the same venue.