Ahmad Shahzad replaces Khurram Manzoor in World T20 squad

Published: March 7, 2016
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Pakistan’s opening batsman Ahmad Shahzad replaced Khurram Manzoor in the World T20 squad as the Pakistan Cricket Board sent a final squad list to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday, Express News reported.

Manzoor has been dropped for the upcoming tournament after a disappointing performance in the Asia Cup. He managed to score 11 runs in three innings in the tournament.

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Shahzad was overlooked for the Asia Cup and World T20 but his consistent performances in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) built pressure on the selectors and the team management to select him.

The 24-year-old Lahore-born opener represented the Men in Green in 40 T20Is, scored 941 at an average of 24.76, and is the only Pakistani to score a century in the shortest format.

The failure of the top-order in Asia Cup, especially Khurram Manzoor’s poor run of form, forced the selectors to rethink their decision.

Karachi-born top-order batsman Khalid Latif is also included in the squad for the mega event. The 30-year-old last played for the Green Shirts in June 2012 against Sri Lanka.

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Pakisatan are placed in Super 10 (Group 2) alongside hosts India, Australia, New Zealand and Qaulifier 1, which is most likely to be Asia Cup runners-up Bangladesh.

Shahid Afridi’s men will play their first match on March 16 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

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Pakistan squad: Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Sharjeel Khan, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Sami

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Kaleem
    Mar 7, 2016 - 11:18AM

    India, Aus, NZ and BD, right…If they win 2 matches in this group, it will be an achievement. Recommend

  • Saad Q
    Mar 7, 2016 - 11:32AM

    At the very least Shehzad will keep Afridi happy.Recommend

  • Yasir
    Mar 7, 2016 - 11:39AM

    Sami still there? Where is junaid Khan?. Waqar younis is trying his best to destroy his career. He is too rigid in his thinking. A case in point is his insistence on bowling Yorkers to jadeja during 1996 wc.Recommend

  • Zero
    Mar 7, 2016 - 12:51PM

    Zero replaced by yet another Zero, result will still be a big Zero.Recommend

  • Asad
    Mar 7, 2016 - 2:13PM

    I am sorry for the state of Pakistan’s cricket, only the same faces which once identified as failures are surfacing again and again. The fact that there no new talent is being nourished, and we are going to face this menace for a long long time until some sober headed person leads the PCBRecommend

  • irfan
    Mar 7, 2016 - 2:14PM

    nice decisionRecommend

  • Naveed Sethi
    Mar 7, 2016 - 4:52PM

    Who at the first place recommended Khurram.. wasted 4 matches prior to the mega event. Pathetic decisions.

    Shehzad was always the better option. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Mar 7, 2016 - 7:19PM

    Pakistan should have been bracketed with minnows in the qualifiers. It’s a disgrace that such a shoddy and unprofessional outfit gets a pass to sit pretty with the big guns.

    @Kaleem,

    Winning one match will actually be a massive achievement.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Mar 7, 2016 - 9:01PM

    Babar azam should be in sqardRecommend

  • Mar 7, 2016 - 10:53PM

    both are good players for the teamRecommend

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