Pakistan drop Shehzad for Asia Cup, World Twenty20

Published: February 10, 2016


DUBAI: Pakistan have made four changes to their squad for this month’s Asia Cup followed by the World Twenty20 including the axing of struggling opener Ahmed Shehzad after a poor run of form.

The 24-year-old Shehzad managed just 33 runs in Pakistan’s 2-1 Twenty20 series loss in New Zealand last month and is one of four changes selectors made from the last tour.

Also out are Sohaib Maqsood, paceman Umar Gul and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan as chief selector Haroon Rasheed said the squad was selected after considering the conditions in Asia Cup hosts Bangladesh and India, where the World Twenty20 will be staged.

“While picking the squad, the team management and skipper were consulted by the selectors, and all concerned gave their consent in this regard,” said Rasheed.

“The T20 team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in domestic and A team tours. The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and the selectors believe that team will do well in both tournaments.”

Shehzad’s place goes to 29-year-old Khurram Manzoor who had played 16 Tests and seven one-day internationals for Pakistan but has never featured in a Twenty20 game.

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He scored 309 runs in Pakistan’s Twenty20 tournament with a strike rate of 133 which earned him the place.

Left-arm paceman Rumman Raees and left-arm spinning all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were also rewarded for their showings at domestic level.

Also returned to the squad is lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan, rested for the Twenty20 series in New Zealand, making a four-pronged pace attack with all left-handers, with the sole right arm bowler coming in the shape of medium pacer Anwar Ali.

The Asia Cup will be played from February 24-March 6 followed by the World Twenty20 from March 8-April 3.

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Squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Rumman Raees

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Effy
    Feb 10, 2016 - 2:13PM

    Nauman Anwar
    Fakhar Zaman
    Muhammad Nawaz
    Shoiab Malik
    Umar Akmal
    Sarfaraz Ahmad
    Hammad Azam
    Mohammad Amir
    Juanid Khan
    Wahab RiazRecommend

  • Ammar
    Feb 10, 2016 - 2:54PM

    Khurram Maznoor!??? PCB are you serious???Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Feb 10, 2016 - 2:57PM

    Take heart Sehzad, Pakistan is boycotting the world cup any way.Recommend

  • Feb 10, 2016 - 3:07PM

    Good opportunity for Shehzad to concentrate on his dancing. Recommend

  • Feb 10, 2016 - 3:09PM

    PCB should have been brave enough to drop out-of-form Afridi.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Ali
    Feb 10, 2016 - 3:18PM

    What merits selection of Iftikhar and Khurram? The later has not been selected by any PSL franchise. Rizwan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Sharjeel Khan would have been better choices considering T20 format.Recommend

  • Mubashir Mahmood
    Feb 10, 2016 - 3:20PM

    In recent Pakistan A V England Lion (One Day series) at UAE Khurram Manzoor scored 14, 113, 27, 39. However surprising to see his selection as he has not played T20 for last 6 months. Recommend

  • Smiling Buddha
    Feb 10, 2016 - 3:24PM

    Actually pakistan is not going to participate in t20 , then what is the use of team shuffling.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Feb 10, 2016 - 3:30PM

    Good. This will give some more free time to Ahmed Shehzad to practice on his photography skills!Recommend

  • FP
    Feb 10, 2016 - 3:41PM

    Khurram Manzoor? Are you serious. Ahmed Shahzad is better than him.Recommend

  • SHAH
    Feb 10, 2016 - 4:00PM

    Really very nice SELFIE Picture of this useless player. Looking up to sky and thinking … what am I worth ??? Recommend

  • Feb 10, 2016 - 4:59PM

    The team selected looks experienced and capable of playing the toughest except for the captain who is more of an ‘advertisement model.’ Salams Recommend

  • Imran
    Feb 10, 2016 - 5:27PM

    A very good decision indeed. Same should be done with Umar AkmalRecommend

  • Yeh Woh
    Feb 10, 2016 - 5:44PM

    Why still persist with Umar Akmal??? Not that he is going to deliver, yet again! A miserable choice this ‘talent’.Recommend

    Feb 10, 2016 - 6:02PM

    I do believe that Ahmed Shahzad can be a match winner, but in all fairness, his recent performances have not been good. Therefore, it is only fair to select those who have been performing consistently.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • Ih
    Feb 11, 2016 - 3:24AM

    Surprising selection of Anwar Ali. Recent showing in Newzealand was not inspiring.Recommend

  • Vham
    Feb 11, 2016 - 3:42AM

    What happened to boycotting WT20 citing so called security concerns. We should get the MSN Award. #MostShamelessNationRecommend

  • aminur
    Feb 13, 2016 - 11:42AM

    pcb is chitting for shahzad because he done hundred last t20 world cupRecommend

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