Pakistan announce squad for Windies T20 series

The 3 match T20I squad will be played on April 1,2 and 3.

Akmal has been axed from the team for his poor fitness. (NDTV Sports)

Pakistan has recently announced their squad for the T20I series against Windies next month in Karachi. Sarfraz Ahmed will captain the hosts in the matches played in Karachi on April 1, 2 and 3 -- the first ties between international sides since 2009. 

Kamran Akmal has been axed from the squad, whereas the management has added young Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi who has had a good PSL season this year. 

Kamran misses out despite notching 425 runs in 13 Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches, including a century and four half-centuries for Peshawar Zalmi.

But the selection committee led by former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and head coach Mickey Arthur did not include him due to his age and poor fielding. 

Shaheen, a tall left-arm paceman, took 5-4 against Multan Sultan in one PSL match. Head coach Mickey Arthur said the 17-year-old can become an important asset for the national team.

"Shaheen is an exciting and amazing talent and I am sure after a few years he will be a star," said Arthur of Shaheen, who hails from the northwestern tribal district of Khyber bordering Afghanistan, where Taliban and Islamist groups had been active."

"We have included Talat, Asif and Shaheen in the squad primarily for their performances in the PSL," said Inzamam. "Imad Wasim and Rumman Raees are still recovering from injuries so were not included."

The last international match Karachi hosted was a Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in February 2009, a week before the visitors were attacked by gunmen in Lahore. It hosted several international players for the PSL final on Sunday.

Squad 
Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi


By Anshuman Roy - 27 Mar, 2018

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