Srinagar: Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan shuts a journalist who termed Babar Azam as former captain by saying Peshawar Zalmi skipper is King and He (Shadab) his deputy.
Shadab Khan responded this during a post match press conference after Islamabad United lost to Peshawar Zalmi in the eliminator of 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.
“Sabina nahi woh current captain hain. Mein uska Wazir hoon and Rest karahei hai. Isi tarah Badshah ke badley wazir jaraha hai” (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.
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.
Peshawar Zalmi will face Lahore Qalandars in Eliminator 2 on Today.
Babar Azam scored a 39-ball 64. 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.