by: Atika Mehboob TN Sport Pakistan:
In a riveting ICC World Cup match held in Chennai, Ibrahim Zadran’s splendid innings of 87 runs played a pivotal role in Afghanistan’s eight-wicket win over Pakistan.
At the post-match presentation, an elated Zadran expressed his gratitude, stating, “I’m humbled to have delivered at such a crucial juncture for my team. Gurbaz and I have shared many remarkable partnerships over the years, dating back to our Under-16 days. I am immensely proud not just for myself but for my entire nation.”
Taking a moment to reflect on broader issues, he added, “I’d like to dedicate this ‘Player of the Match’ award to the individuals who were compelled to return from Pakistan to Afghanistan.”
Zadran’s dedication takes on profound resonance in light of the recent mandate by the Pakistani government. The directive, issued in early October, required foreigners lacking proper documentation, including an estimated 1.7 million Afghans, to exit Pakistan by November 1 or risk deportation.
Officials in Pakistan asserted that this decision aimed to address issues of visa overstays and inadequate documentation, vowing to implement the deportations in a structured and gradual manner.