PAK vs AFG: Pakistan’s Key Players Rest Decision Backfires as Afghanistan Wins T20 Series

Pakistan's decision to rest key players and how it backfired in the T20 series against Afghanistan. The article also covers the body-shaming incident involving Pakistan's Azam Khan and the team's struggles in the series.

Pakistan’s young wicket-keeper batter, Azam Khan, came under heavy criticism from fans after scoring only one run off four balls in the second T20I match. An angry fan was seen body-shaming him with his gestures while he was returning to the pavilion. Notably, Azam had also departed for a golden duck in the first T20I match.

The Pakistan cricket team’s decision to rest its key players during the three-match T20 International series against Afghanistan has backfired, as the Men in Green lost the series 2-0 with one match remaining. The series opener was won comfortably by Afghanistan, who continued their winning momentum in the series-decider (PAK vs AFG 2nd T20I) to clinch the T20 series.

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Reacting to the loss, Shadab Khan, at the post-match presentation ceremony, acknowledged the team’s struggles and highlighted the importance of attitude in cricket. He emphasized the need to back the new batters who were playing for the first time for Pakistan, despite their underperformance in the series.

Pakistan had batted first after winning the toss and managed to score 130 runs for six wickets in the allotted 20 overs. However, Afghanistan successfully chased the target in 19.5 overs for the loss of three wickets.

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The third and final T20I match between the two teams is scheduled for March 27th, and Pakistan will be looking to salvage some pride with a win. The team management will also have to reassess their decision to rest key players, which has clearly backfired in this series.

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