AFG vs PAK: Salman Butt And Kamran Akmal Take A Dig At Shadab Khan's Captaincy After Afghanistan Defeat Pakistan In 1st T20I Match

Updated - 25 Mar 2023, 05:55 PM

Shadab Khan (Image Credits: Getty Images)
Shadab Khan (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Pakistan Cricket Team got a wake-up call in the 1st T20I match against Afghanistan. Afghanistan registered a convincing victory when they chased down the target of 93 runs with 6 wickets in hand. Pakistan skipper Shadab Khan had a forgettable start to his captaincy stint. Shadab Khan‘s decision to bat at the No.7 position didn’t work well when he scored 12 runs in 18 balls. Perhaps, Shadab should have batted in the middle order where the batters were inexperienced.

Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan marshaled his troops smartly. It was a complete team performance from Afghanistan cricket Team. Afghanistan registered their maiden T20I match win over Pakistan & took revenge for the Asia Cup 2022 league match. The hosts looked like on a mission from ball 1.

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Kamran Akmal on Shadab Khan

Kamran Akmal was seen speaking on his YouTube channel where he was unhappy with the way Shadab Khan led the side.

“The coach [Abdul Rehman] is new so he must have been totally depending on Shadab Khan. Shadab is an experienced player and vice-captain of Pakistan for last two or three years. He was not able to read the pitch correctly. He couldn’t figure out what the pitch demanded and what kind of bowling was needed.” said Kamran Akmal

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“Plus, you have rested your five main players, so why are you also dropping Shan Masood and Iftikhar Ahmed? If you wanted to drop them, then you should have asked selectors to rest them as well. If you drop them as well, then you are bound to be under pressure. If there are four players making debut and three making comeback, then it would be difficult for players to perform.” he added.

Salman Butt on Shadab Khan

Salman Butt was seen speaking on his YouTube channel and questioned Shadab Khan’s tactics.

“The pitch was conducive for slow bowling. Despite playing so much cricket, Shadab is bowling his fast bowlers and also bowling fast himself. There was no slip for Najib Zadran when he came onto bat.” said Salman Butt.

“Afghanistan batsmen were struggling against Ihsanullah, but Shadab had kept the fielders at the boundary. What is your reading of the pitch that you chose to bat on this pitch? That means you have no clue. You went with four fast bowlers on this pitch, you were not playing in Perth,” he added.

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