PAK vs AFG: 'You can't play a weak team as per ICC code of conduct,' says Rashid Latif

Rashid questioned PCB's decision to send a young team against Afghanistan

By Web Desk
March 27, 2023
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Pakistan's former wicket-keeper batter shared his thoughts on the national team's dismal performance against Afghanistan in three-match T20I series, with a match to go today. 

A young and inexperienced squad locked horns with comparatively strong Afghanistan's squad. Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan beat Pakistan in first two matches to win the series against neighbours for the first time in history. 

Rashid described Pakistan team's performance while giving the reference of the International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct and Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) code. 

"Did we go there to lose?" questioned Rashid, who represented Pakistan in 37 Tests and 166 ODIs, during a tv show. 

"It is written in the ICC code of conduct and anti-corruption code that you can't play a weak team who you already know can lose. Why did you send such a team?" added Rashid. 

The cricketer-turned-analyst said many people already predicted that Pakistan will lose the series 3-0. 

"A lot of people already predicted 3-0 result against Pakistan. How can you sideline your main players suddenly? If you want to run cricket like this, then go ahead," bashed Rashid. 

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to rest its main players including captain Babar, Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, and Haris Rauf during the series against Afghanistan.

A young squad led by Shadab took the challenge against Afghanistan who played with their full strength. Pakistan's inexperienced batting line collapsed in first two T20Is which cost them the series.

Afghanistan beat Pakistan 2-0, with a match to go, to register first-ever series win against the neighbours.

Pakistan will next face New Zealand in five-match T20I series at home next month. Main players including Babar, Rizwan and others are likely to return to the squad.