SHARJAH , March 27, 2023: Imad Wasim has expressed disappointment after the Team Green lost three-match T20I series to Afghanistan in Sharjah as young guns found it difficult to perform on foreign pitch.
“Yes, we lost the series. We are really disappointed, really sad and really upset,” the top scorer of the second match from Pakistan side said, adding that he was short of words to express the feelings.
Saying it was not an excuse most of the players were youngsters, he said: “Tomorrow’s (Monday) game is important and we don’t want to get whitewashed”.
He said the target set by Pakistan was “okay” keeping in view the pitch as it was difficult one. Imad Wasim said all the young players made their place in the team on the back of their performance but it took years to read the pitches.
“I have never seen such a difficult wicket in the international cricket,” he said and vowed to perform well in the third match.
Imad Wasim’s unbeaten half-century went in vain as Afghanistan defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the second T20I to take a 2-0 unassailable lead in the three-match T20I series here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Sunday evening.
Afghanistan, chasing a target of 131 runs, got off to a solid start, thanks to Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s 44 runs and Ibrahim Zadran’s 38 runs. Despite losing few wickets in the middle overs, Najibullah Zadran unbeaten 23 off 12 balls, and player of the match from first match Mohammad Nabi’s 14 not out off nine balls, guided Afghanistan to a historical series win over Pakistan with a ball to spare.
This was Afghanistan’s first-ever series win over Pakistan in any format.