During the fifth and final ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi, the home audience was overheard referring to opener Shan Masood as “Parchi” – implying that he was selected for the squad based on recommendations and favoritism rather than on his own merit.
Notably, the 33-year-old scored only 52 runs in three matches of the Pakistan vs. New Zealand series and failed to get going in the final ODI, causing fans to be extremely dissatisfied with his performance thus far.
However, this is not the first time Pakistani supporters have referred to a player as Parchi. The same fate befell Khushdil Shah during Pakistan’s series against England in 2022. Later, Shah’s teammate Imam-ul-Haq brought the matter to Twitter and urged fans to refrain from such chants because they negatively impact a player’s mental health.
In the final ODI, New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 47 runs.
In the fifth and final ODI of the series, New Zealand eventually secured their first victory after losing four consecutive matches. The 30-year-old opener Will Young appeared in fine form as he scored 87 runs off 91 deliveries. Tom Latham, the captain, scored 59 runs off of 58 deliveries, while Mark Chapman scored 43 runs off of 33 deliveries. In the first innings, the Kiwis scored 299 runs thanks to their valuable efforts.
In the meantime, despite appearing to be at least 30 runs short due to the batting-friendly pitch in Karachi, the New Zealand bowlers performed admirably with the new ball. At one point, Pakistan led by a score of 52-3 and none of Shan Masood, Babar Azam, or Mohammad Rizwan scored in double figures. Fakhar Zaman, who is currently in excellent form, returned to the pavilion after scoring 33 off 64 deliveries.
Thus, the Men in Green were under a great deal of pressure, but Agha Salman and Iftikhar Ahmed relieved a significant portion of it through their outstanding cricket play. Salman scored 57 runs off 57 deliveries while Iftikhar wrought havoc by scoring 94* runs off 72 deliveries while batting at number five. His valiant effort ultimately fell short, as New Zealand won the match by 47 runs.