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Legendary Pakistan left-arm seamer Wasim Akram has admitted that the two standout performers from the Test series against England were spinner Shadab Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.
Shadab scored 112 runs, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 37.33 and took three wickets at an average of 49.
As for Faheem, he accumulated 40 runs at an average of 13.33 and claimed four wickets at an average of 29.75.
“The duo minted runs under pressure; we were in trouble against Ireland and at Lord’s as well. This is a young side and a very talented side, we just have to wait,” Akram was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.
Pakistan had the chance to win their first Test series in England since 1996, but their hopes of doing so went up in smoke after they were annihilated by an innings and 55 runs in the second Test at Headingley.
While former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja rued the lost opportunity, Akram urged fans to show patience as the Test team picked for the tour was young and inexperienced.
“This is a young team. It needs time and patience,” he said. “The youngsters should be praised for beating England in their backyard, which is a big deal. Nobody was expecting us to draw the series, as we all thought England will win the matches in three days.”