ISLAMABAD: Islamabad United opener Sharjeel Khan got the nod from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday after smashing a blistering ton against Peshawar Zalmi in the third play-off of the inaugural HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Sunday.
There are also reports that two other Islamabad United players, Mohammad Sami and Khalid Latif, will repalce Rumman Raees and Karachi Kings Iftikhar Ahmed.
A PCB official on Monday said that Sharjeel is likely to be included in the Asia Cup and World T20 squads due to his outstanding knocks.
“Sharjeel has scored 287 runs in the PSL so far with a batting average of 31.88 and a strike rate of 151.05,” said the official, emphasising that this type of performance could not be ignored.
The official added that there was a ‘100 % possibility’ that Sharjeel would make a comeback as the team management were in search of a good opener.
The official also said that selector Haroon Rasheed was also in Dubai to monitor the performance of players, so that if anyone performs well, the changes to the squad could be made in time. “One or two changes will definitely be made in the squad,” the official said.
Sharjeel’s heroics helped Islamabad down Peshawar by 50 runs to set up a final against Quetta Gladiators on Tuesday.
Earlier, T20 captain Shahid Afridi hinted in his post-match interview that Sharjeel would be rewarded soon for his superb innings.
The news comes as a disappointment for right-hand opener Ahmed Shehzad, who now loses the chance of being called up in the squad even though his performance has also been praiseworthy. Shehzad has scored 226 runs in the PSL so far with an average of 25.11 and strike rate of 138.65.