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Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has made it clear that it wasn’t a mistake to recall opener Ahmed Shehzad and batsman Umar Akmal into the Twenty20 squad.
Sarfaraz’s remarks come after Shehzad scored four and Akmal made a golden duck in Pakistan’s 64-run loss to Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 International in Lahore on Saturday.
Sarfaraz noted that both Shehzad and Akmal have been in great form in domestic cricket, and thus deserve to be in the national team.
“As far as the topic of Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad is concerned, previously they have had good performances in [the] domestic season and also done well in [the] PSL (Pakistan Super League),” Sarfaraz was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “As I had said before, whichever players we bring into the squad will be given adequate chances. They are good players and will perform well in the future.
“As far as Fakhar and Haris are concerned, they have been part of our ODI team for a while now. We wanted to play Ahmed and Umar at their numbers, if we played Fakhar, Ahmed would have to play one down.
“Misbah Bhai and I had decided that Ahmed Shehzad should be tried because looking ahead to the World Cup, if he gets set in the team as an opener, then we cannot hope for a better player.
“The same reasoning we had for playing Umar Akmal in Haris’s position – we had seen what Haris can do and in the previous T20 he had done well, but we wanted to try Umar at this position only.”