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AFG vs PAK: Afghanistan gamers give ‘guard of honour’ to former paceman Hamid Hassan



Afghanistan and Pakistan started their first-ever bilateral T20I sequence with a cracking sport at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday, March 25.

The low-scoring conflict noticed Pakistan scoring solely 92/9 of their allotted 20 overs after opting to bat first. Solely 4 batters have been in a position to rating in double figures for the Shadab Khan-led aspect. Afghanistan, too, have been in a spot of trouble on the midway stage earlier than skilled campaigner Mohammad Nabi bailed out his workforce and took Afghanistan over the finish line in 17.5 overs together with his unbeaten 38, together with three fours and a six.

Forward of the much-awaited contest between the 2 neighbouring nations, Afghan gamers determined to provide farewell to their famous person bowler Hamid Hassan who lately introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket.

The official Twitter deal with of Afghanistan shared snapshots from Hassan’s farewell ceremony, which noticed Rashid Khan and Nabi presenting a memento to Hassan. Additional, the Afghanistan gamers fashioned a huddle and gave a guard of honour to Hassan.

Notably, Hassan performed a major position in Afghanistan’s rise in world cricket. He was identified for his capacity to generate excessive speeds and swing the ball each methods. The Nangarhar-born cricketer was instrumental in Afghanistan’s qualification for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, the place he performed a key position of their victory over Scotland within the match.

Hassan performed his final ODI within the Males’s Cricket World Cup in 2019 and made his final look for Afghanistan within the T20 World Cup in 2021. In his worldwide profession, the right-arm paceman performed 38 ODIs and 25 T20Is for Afghanistan, taking 59 and 35 wickets, respectively.

Earlier this month, Hassan was appointed because the bowling coach of Afghanistan, changing former Pakistan pacer Umar Gul, whose contract had ended at the beginning of the 12 months after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) had prolonged the contracts of solely head coach Jonathan Trott and fielding coach Ryan Maron.

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