I wasn’t expecting to be picked for Zimbabwe series, talented Pakistan batsman admits

Pakistan batsman Abdullah Shafique admitted he wasn't expecting to be picked for the Zimbabwe series

Pakistan batsman Abdullah Shafique: “I was trying to get into the side but I wasn’t expecting to be picked. But I performed well in the National T20 Cup and felt very excited when my name was announced as part of the squad”

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Pakistan batsman Abdullah Shafique has admitted that he wasn’t expecting to be picked for the upcoming limited overs series against Zimbabwe.

Shafique has yet to make his international debut, but was included in the list of 22 probables for the limited overs series against Zimbabwe following his outstanding performance in the National T20 Cup.

Playing for Central Punjab in the tournament, the 20-year-old scored 358 runs in 10 matches, which included a century on debut and two fifties, at an average of 44.75 and a strike-rate of 133.08.

“I was trying to get into the side but I wasn’t expecting to be picked. But I performed well in the National T20 Cup and felt very excited when my name was announced as part of the squad,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion.

“Any cricketer who starts off hopes that one day he can represent his country. This was also my goal that I could be part of the national cricket team. So I am lucky that I have been picked for the squad and will try and give my 100 percent.”

Pakistan’s series against Zimbabwe will consist of three ODIs and three T20 Internationals.

The ODIs will be held in Rawalpindi from October 30 to November 3, while the T20 Internationals have been moved from Multan to Lahore and will take place from November 7 to 10.

However, the T20 series could see a venue change once again as it may be shifted from Lahore to Rawalpindi due to smog.

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