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Ex-Pakistan skipper Aamir Sohail feels that batsmen Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad can both be handy for the nation team going forward.
He also pointed out that they have “worked on some of the deficiencies that had been pointed out previously about their batting”.
Akmal played for the Quetta Gladiators in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) and scored 277 runs in 12 games, which included two fifties, at an average of 34.62.
As for Shehzad, who also played for the Gladiators and was the ninth-highest scorer in the tournament, he accumulated 311 runs in eight games, which included four half-centuries, at an average of 51.83.
Due to his consistency, Akmal was picked for the ongoing ODI series against Australia and scored 48 in the first game in Sharjah on Friday.
Shehzad, however, was overlooked for the series.
“Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad showed with their improved performances during the PSL that they can still be handy for Pakistan cricket and more importantly, have worked on some of the deficiencies that had been pointed out previously about their batting,” Sohail wrote in his blog for PakPassion.