The match between Pak U-19 and AFG U-19 proved that “umpiring is not an easy job”.© Instagram
An incident during Pakistan’s Group C encounter against Afghanistan in the ongoing ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup proved that “arbitration is no easy task”. In the 47th pass of the innings of Pakistan, Zeeshan Zameer was overruled by Naveed Zadran and struck right to the field. The ball hit the stumps at the end of the non-striker, went straight through and hit the umpire. The International Cricket Council (ICC) posted a video of the incident on Instagram, captioning it as: “A Referee is not an easy task”.
Here’s the video:
Zameer was eventually fired after three runs from eight balls. He lost his wicket to Zadran in the 49th over.
Pakistan went on to put in 239 for nine in 50 overs, a 240-run goal.
Abdul Faseeh was in great form hitting 68 runs off 95 balls along with six fours and two sixes. Meanwhile, opener Muhammad Shehzad hit 43 runs from 51 balls and also registered four fours and two maximums.
Captain Qasim Akram also made a remarkable contribution, adding 38 runs to the scoreboard. Meanwhile, Maaz Sadaqat went on an unbeaten run of 42 runs off 37 balls, with seven fours.
In response, Afghanistan started well, with Bilal Sayedi making steady progress. Despite not losing too many wickets, the Afghans scored slowly. With the run-rate rising, Afghanistan lost the lot and threw away their wickets in search of quick runs.
Ijaz Ahmad Ahmadzai played a good hand of 39 from 48 balls, but failed to kick in while Noor Ahmad impressed with an 18-ball 29, but it wasn’t enough as Afghanistan lost the game by 24 runs.
The win helped Pakistan qualify for the next stage of the 2022 U19 World Championship.
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