Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja in his recent Youtube video has said that Afghanistan can beat Pakistan in a T20I international if the teams play in recent times. Raja’s comments came after Afghanistan batsman Hazratullah Zazai scored a match-winning 66 to help Peshawar Zalmi beat Islamabad United in the PSL 2021 Eliminator. The side will now face Multan Sultans in the final.
Ramiz Raja recorded his recent video from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi where the Eliminator was being played. He further said that its players like Zazai who make the current Afghan T20I unit a force to reckon with and a strong opponent.
“The dangerous thing is that fans in Pakistan had not seen a lot of [Hazratullah] Zazai before. Afghanistan has more players like Zazai. Their bowling has also improved a lot. If you take the Islamabad United team as an example, it boasts three current players in the Pakistan T20 national side who bowled to Zazai, which includes Shadab Khan, who is the vice-captain of the national side. They could not do anything against Zazai. This is because Zazai has raw talent, ability and a very strong temperament. This is what makes Afghanistan so dangerous,” Raja said.
Afghanistan Can Beat Pakistan In A T20I Game: Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja hailed Zazai for his valiant effort with the bat while saying that the current Afghanistan T20I team can beat Pakistan on a given day.
“I would not be surprised to see Afghanistan bundle Pakistan over in a T20 game. They have wrist spin, experience, they have Najib and Rashid along with excellent talent. They were just weak in the batting department but if Zazai plays this way, then they also have Zadran who we have seen anchored an innings really well in the middle overs,” he added.
The PSL 2021 edition will culminate with the final between Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi in Abu Dhabi. Babar Azam scored 521 runs in the PSL, the most by any. While the much spoken about Zazai played just four matches in the season scoring 206 runs at an average of 51.50.