Babar has been rested for upcoming Afghanistan series
Islamabad United skipper, Shadab Khan, corrected a journalist for referring to Peshawar Zalmi and Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam, as former captain in the post-match conference on Thursday in PSL 8.
Babar along with Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi have been rested for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Afghanistan in Sharjah. Shadab Khan will be leading a young side in Babar’s absence.
"Babar Azam is the current Pakistan captain – he's resting (for the Afghanistan series). He is our King and I am his Wazir. Since King is resting, so the Wazir is going for the series in his absence," Shadab said.
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Brilliant spells of pace bowling in the middle and death overs from Salman Irshad and Aamir Jamal helped Zalmi defend 183 successfully against United in Eliminator 1 at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday.
The defeat has brought Islamabad United’s HBL Pakistan Super League 8 journey to a halt, while Peshawar Zalmi will face Lahore Qalandars in Eliminator 2 on Friday.
Babar Azam scored a sparkling 39-ball 64 – that included 10 fours after his side was inserted. This was his fifth half-century of the current edition. Babar has now amassed 480 runs at an average of 53.33 and a strike rate of 148.60.
Shadab Khan took two wickets, sending back Haseebullah and Babar, and gave away 40 runs.