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Ex-Pakistan skipper Aamir Sohail has urged Pakistan to consider picking opener Ahmed Shehzad and uncapped batsman Ahsan Ali for the World Cup.
Shehzad was in red-hot form during the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he scored 311 runs in eight matches for the Quetta Gladiators, which included four half-centuries, at an average of 51.83.
He followed that up with 184 runs in four games for the Federal Areas in the Pakistan Cup.
He brought up two fifties during the tournament and finished with an average of 46.
As for Ahsan, he accumulated 178 runs in eight games for the Gladiators at an average of 22.25.
He followed that up with 177 runs in four games for Sindh in the Pakistan Cup.
Ahsan struck a brilliant 115 against the Federal Areas and ended up averaging 44.25.
However, Sohail’s calls for Shehzad and Ahsan to be included in the World Cup side is likely to fall on deaf ears as Pakistan have already chosen a list of 23 probables for the tournament, from which they will select their final squad.
“I have seen Ahsan bat and his percentage of boundaries is very high. He is a very calculated player and has percentage shots. I see lot of spark in him and he somehow appeals to me,” Sohail was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express. “We should take him to England and try him out in the one-day series and side matches and if he does well he should be given his chance in the World Cup.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.