ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official on Monday said Sharjeel Khan is likely to be included in the Asia Cup and World Twenty-20 squad due to his outstanding knocks in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), brushing aside chances of Ahmed Shahzad’s return to the national team for the two high-profile events.
Sharjeel scored the very first century of the PSL as Islamabad United moved into the final with a comprehensive 50-run win against Peshawar Zalmi on Monday. Meanwhile T20 skipper Shahid Afridi also hinted in his post-match interview that Sharjeel would be rewarded soon for his superb innings.
Talking to APP on condition of anonymity, a PCB official said there is strong chance that Sharjeel would be drafted in the Asia Cup and T20 squad as his performance in the PSL is superb. “Sharjeel has scored 287 runs in the PSL so far with a batting average of 31.88 and a strike rate of 151.05,” emphasising that this type of performance could not be ignored.
He said chief selector is also in Dubaito monitor the performance of players so that if anyone is performing outstandingly well then changes could be made in time. “One or two changes will definitely be made in the squad,” he said.
However he said there are no chances of Ahmed to be called up in the squad even though his performance is also very good. Ahmed has scored 226 runs in the PSL so far with an average of 25.11 and strike rate of 138.65.
He said the squad announced for the Asia Cup and World T20 lacked a good opener and therefore there are 100 percent possibility that opener Sharjeel would make a comeback.