Shadab Khan, who is leading the Pakistan team as a stand-in captain, sees a silver lining in their recent series defeat to Afghanistan. In a recent press conference, he acknowledged that the absence of experienced players Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan has been challenging but believes that their consistent efforts will be even more valued when they make a comeback to the national squad.

“Whenever Babar and Rizwan perform, they are always thinking about the strike rate in the back of their mind. We also wanted to, as a nation, bring youngsters to international cricket through a good strike rate in the PSL. So you should always experiment. I’ll always back that idea up,” he said.

“Through that our nation, media and everyone else would get to know that experience really matters. Our seniors were not respected as much, compared to how good their performance was. This time around I think they will get a lot of respect from media as well as the nation,” he added.

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In order to provide opportunities for less experienced players to demonstrate their skills, Babar and Rizwan were rested for the current three-game series against Afghanistan in Sharjah. As a result of the absence of these reliable top-order players, the spotlight has been on those with less experience and fewer credentials.

Unfortunately, the first two games of the series have not gone according to plan for Pakistan, as Afghanistan claimed a thrilling seven-wicket victory on Sunday, marking their first series triumph over their Asian rival.


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