Shoaib Malik’s talk came true, Pakistan’s new Saeed Anwar flopped, PCB’s pride buried in the soil of Sharjah

New Delhi. When the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had announced the team against Afghanistan, trusting the heroes of PSL (PSL 2023), then it would not have even guessed that the same people would be the reason for its misery in a few days. The Afghan fighters, considered weak, buried the pride of Pakistan in the soil of Sharjah and created huge trouble for the PCB. Pakistan has faced a 2-1 defeat in the 3 T20 series.

In the team playing against Afghanistan, 4 uncapped players who made a splash in the Pakistan Super League were given a place. These included Saim Ayub, Tyeb Tahir, Zaman Khan and Ihsanullah. Wicket-keeper batsman Azam Khan, who hit sixes and fours in many PSL matches, was also successful in making a place in the team. The PCB had dropped many senior players including Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf from the team by saying that they would give a chance to the youth against the weak team. Many former veterans and current players had raised questions on this decision of PCB at the same time.

No runs came off Saim’s bat
Saim Ayyub played for Peshawar Zalmi in PSL and scored 341 runs in 12 matches at a strike rate of 165.53. After this performance, the 20-year-old left-handed batsman was being called the new Saeed Anwar of Pakistan. However, Saim flopped in the International T20 debut series. In the first T20 against Afghanistan, Saim was dismissed for 17 and in the second without opening an account. Pakistan won the third match, in which Saim scored 49 runs. Batter Tyeb Tahir of Karachi Kings was also considered to be a big discovery of PSL. But Tyeb could also score only 16, 13 and 10 in 3 matches against the Afghans.

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Wicket-keeper batsman Azam Khan was among the top scorers of Islamabad United in PSL. He scored 282 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 161.14. However, the bat of this heavyweight player also remained completely silent against Afghanistan. Azam was able to play only 2 balls in the first match and got out without opening the account. In the second T20, he returned to the pavilion after scoring one run in 4 balls. Azam was dropped from the playing XI in the third match.

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Shoaib Malik gave a warning
In the first two matches against Afghanistan, Pakistan’s batting collapsed like a pack of cards. Poor batting was the reason for the team’s defeat. In the first T20, Pakistan could score only 92 runs losing 9 wickets in 20 overs. In the second match also, the team could score 130 runs after losing 6 wickets. Before the tour of Afghanistan, the senior player of the team, Shoaib Malik had said that doing well in PSL does not mean that the youth should be taken directly to the international level. It is easy to score runs on domestic pitches, but there is a different kind of pressure at the international level. Shoaib said that only one or two matches out of 10 can be won by hitting fours and sixes. Therefore, the youth will also have to learn to rotate the strike. It would be better if young players are given a chance at the international level only after spending some more time in domestic cricket.

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