Pakistan decided to pack their playing XI with an extra pacer by picking Shaheen Afridi ahead of the leg-spinner Shadab Khan in the World Cup encounter against Australia. This plan ultimately backfired as Pakistan found themselves one batsman short while Shaheen was not too impressive with the ball.
However, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed defended the decision to exclude Shadab from the team by pointing towards Australia’s strategy of dropping Adam Zampa to bring in Kane Richardson.
He stated that the pitch was perceived to be conducive to pace bowling and thus the logic from the team management was not faulty.
“Dropping Shadab was not a bad idea. We planned to go with four fast bowlers, which even Australia played today. Wahab and Hasan bowled really well,” he spoke in the post-match press conference.