Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed praised young batsmen Imam ul Haq and Babar Azam after they ensured his decision to enforce the follow on in Ireland’s Test did not backfire. Only three times in the 141 year history of Test cricket have a side won after following on but when Pakistan were 14 for three, chasing a modest 160 to win on yesterday’s final day of this stand alone match, it seemed Ireland might mark their entry into the format with a stunning success.
Imam Ul Haq is nephew of ex-captain of Pakistan and cheif selector of team Inzam Ul Haq. His selection was quite controversial, fans and media support Fawad Alam instead. Imam has proven him self while he was criticized on television and social media because his selection was thought to be personal recommendation but Imam justified his position. Its a slap on face of his critics.
Pakistan, understandably enough, have been struggling to replace the likes of retired veteran batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. We are very confident. We are a very young side, we had two debutant players, but we were very confident whatever the target will come, we will chase it down.