Pakistan captain Shadab Khan has shared his thoughts following his side’s loss to Afghanistan in the three-match T20I series held in Sharjah. While the Pakistani team suffered defeats in the first two matches, they managed to win the third T20I on March 27, avoiding a whitewash. This was Afghanistan’s first-ever series win against Pakistan.
Honour to Lead Pakistan Team
Khan expressed that it was an honour to lead the Pakistan team, despite not being able to secure a series win. He further highlighted that there is a group of talented young players in the team who have the potential to become stars in the future.
Never Give Up Attitude
Khan emphasized the importance of having a never give up attitude regardless of the situation. He appreciated the outstanding fight the team put up in the first two matches and credited their adaptation to the conditions for their success in the third match.
Hopeful for the Future
Khan expressed optimism for the future of the Pakistani team, stating that the players will learn from this series and improve their game awareness. He has high hopes for the team’s young talent, believing that they will perform better in upcoming matches.
Khan praised pacer Ihsanullah, who was the highest wicket-taker in his debut series with six scalps in three innings. He views Ihsanullah as a valuable addition to Pakistan’s already talented pace battery which includes Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah.
Babar Azam’s Return
Babar Azam, the regular captain of the Pakistan team who was rested for the series, is expected to return as skipper during the upcoming series against New Zealand in April-May.
First T20I Series Since T20 World Cup
The Afghanistan T20I series was Pakistan’s first since their T20 World Cup campaign in Australia last year, where they were the runners-up.
The match results were as follows: First T20I – March 24 – Afghanistan won by six wickets; Second T20I – March 26 – Afghanistan won by seven wickets; Third T20I – March 27 – Pakistan won by 66 runs.