Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 December 1, 2013

Pakistan leave out Rehman, Jamshed for Sri Lanka Twenty20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman and batsman Nasir Jamshed have been left out of Pakistan's squad for the Twenty20s against Sri Lanka in the UAE later this month. Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who was not picked for the recently-concluded home and away limited-overs games against South Africa due to a finger injury, has been named in the 14-man squad, which will also play a one-off T20 against Afghanistan in the lead-up to the Sri Lanka series.

Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail, who has been on the fringes of the national team but has not played in it since August, makes a comeback. Uncapped Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited opener Sharjeel Khan also earns a call-up.

The squad is largely comprised of young players, with the exception of Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and captain Mohammad Hafeez. The selectors have persisted with the newcomers, with batsman Sohaib Maqsood and bowlers Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali retaining their places.

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has missed out once again due to his brittle body; he sustained an injury during the final match of the series against South Africa in the UAE earlier this month and needs a four-week rest period. He is expected to return for the Sri Lanka Tests.

Veteran allrounders Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik, who were ruled out of the South Africa games with injury, have not been named. Malik has recovered from his injury and is presently featuring in the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup for in his departmental team, Pakistan International Airlines.

Offspinner Ajmal will not play the T20 against Afghanistan on December 8, but will join the team ahead of the two matches against Sri Lanka, scheduled for December 11 and 13.

Rehman played only one of the four T20s against South Africa in November, and was taken for 18 runs in his solitary over. Jamshed played three matches, but didn't touch 20 in any of them and also failed to score at over a run a ball.

Sharjeel, 24, hails from Hyderabad and has earned a name for himself with his T20 blitzes. In the format, he has scored 688 runs - at a strike rate of 134.11 - and has a century to his name. He scored 72 to set up ZTBL's victory in their opening game of the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup last week, and has hit two cameos in successful chases since. He has also been in decent touch in the first-class competition, with three fifties in his previous three matches. He averages 51.44 after 30 List A matches.

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  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I would like to see Raza Hassan instead of Zulfiqar Babar for futuristic approach

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Select shoaib malik as a opener, In India Rohit sharma can open the Inning well then Y not shoab malik, he is good batsmen then rohit , Give him a chance as opener, I hope he can bat well.

  • Sam on December 6, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Umar Amin again? and why on earth sohail tanveer

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    this is a good oppotunity for sharjel khan he an show his talent

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    muhammad razwan ko as a wicket keeper squad may shamil karna chahiay

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Good Combination no Razzaq & Malik is good sign.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    @ championcommando ,please go through the records before commenting

    Ajantha Mendis still holds the record

    BAW Mendis 4.0 2 8 6 2.00 Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe Hambantota 18 Sep 2012 T20I # 263 BAW Mendis 4.0 1 16 6 4.00 Sri Lanka v Australia Pallekele 8 Aug 2011 T20I # 203

  • Hasitha on December 4, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Please give us a fantacy game for this series as well.....

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    Sharjeel In -- good to see that alhamdulila but Abdul Razzaq out not welcomed. Umar amin play;s t20 is fine but for ODI;s his selection is not justified looking at his career stats . I think overall good selection as usual for T20 so no complains.This is Trial & error from PCB for improving t20 team further, thus Taufeeq Umar maybe considered as opener for t20's he can also be wicket keeper if suppose umar akmal gets injured during a tour or series. The comments about Mohammed Hafeez playing down the order are genuine and should be in place practically considering recent tour's its reasonable him playing down the middle order insha allah. Pakistan Don;t really have issues with T20 format from past its the Batting Department of ODI's that's always been the concern. Good Luck.

  • Reza on December 3, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    I'm very surprised people are upset that Jamshed has been dropped. Frankly how can you be an opener and can't play off the front foot against quick bowling. It's no good allowing players to score runs against weaker teams because it's fools gold. For the same reason Hafeez should bat at 6 because he's a useful bowler and can bat comfortably in the middle order. Again Alfridi makes the squad since he's also a good bowler but should bat at 9 since there are many younger batsmen who have a more mature approach to batting. Umar Gul is well passed his sell by date and has been very inconsistent. Personally speaking Pakistan need a batting coach (agressive) - Organise a squad game and force the batsmen to rotate the strike and turn 1's into 2's. Finally with respect to running - I was alway told anything behind the wicket is the non strikers call and vice versa - If this still leads to run outs then teach the guilty batsmen an improved method of running.