After securing the Player of the Match (POTM) award for his outstanding 87-run performance against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2023, Afghanistan’s Ibrahim Zadran boldly expressed his thoughts.
Zadran Dedicates POTM Win to Deported Afghans After Dominating Pakistan in ICC World Cup 2023 By Asian News International | Updated: October 24, 2023 08:07 AM IST | Read Time: 2 min
Ibrahim Zadran, Afghanistan’s standout batter, delivered a resounding performance, scoring 87 runs against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2023. After receiving the Player of the Match (POTM) award, he made a profound statement, dedicating his achievement to those who were repatriated from Pakistan. “I am elated, not only for myself but for my nation. I wish to dedicate this man of the match award to the individuals returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan,” Zadran expressed during the post-match presentation.
Zadran led the scoring with 87 runs, while Shah remained unbeaten at 77, and Gurbaz delivered a strong performance with 65 runs off 53 balls. Captain Hasmatullah Shahidi also made a valuable contribution, adding 48 runs from 45 balls.
“I aimed to approach the game with a positive mindset and intent, and I achieved it. Gurbaz and I share a strong cricketing bond, having played together since our under-16 days, which enhances our communication while running between the wickets,” stated the Afghanistan opener.
Zadran lauded Gurbaz, acknowledging the crucial support he provided, resulting in a formidable 130-run partnership.
The way Gurbaz backed me was instrumental in gaining momentum in our favor. I’m thrilled for both myself and my nation,” he expressed.
On October 21, state-run Pakistani radio reported the return of 3,248 Afghan refugees to Afghanistan, as noted by Khaama Press. Pakistani authorities have deported over 51,000 Afghans since the announcement of the deadline for undocumented migrant expulsion.
A Pakistani news source disclosed that starting from November 1, the government’s new policy would restrict border crossings to individuals with valid passports and visas. Pakistani identity cards or Afghan permits will no longer be accepted. Approximately 1.73 million Afghans in Pakistan lack proper legal documentation.
Afghanistan achieved a historic victory over Pakistan in ODIs, marked by stellar performances from the top four batters and Noor Ahmed’s exceptional three-wicket haul.
This triumph in Chennai was a red-letter day for Afghanistan, as they pulled off a significant upset, defeating Pakistan by 8 wickets. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65), Ibrahim Zadran (87), and Rahmat Shah (77)* starred with the bat, securing an impressive victory for Afghanistan.