Pakistan news February 23, 2016

Sami, Sharjeel in as Pakistan make changes to World T20 squad

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Mohammad Sami's performances in the ongoing Pakistan Super League played a role in his selection for the Asia Cup and World T20 © Chris Whiteoak

Pakistan have added batsman Sharjeel Khan and fast bowler Mohammad Sami to their squads for the Asia Cup and World T20, following injuries to Babar Azam and Rumman Raees. The selectors also made another change to the World T20 squad, bringing in batsman Khalid Latif in place of Iftikhar Ahmed.

Azam has been ruled out for 3-4 weeks after suffering a fracture on his left forearm during a practice session in the ongoing Pakistan Super League. Raees has a Grade-1 hamstring strain and is "operating at 60% of his fitness currently", the PCB stated in a release.

Pakistan's selection committee chairman Haroon Rashid said that PSL performances played a part in the selection. Sharjeel, Sami and Latif are with Islamabad United, who will face Quetta Gladiators in the final of the inaugural edition of the league on Tuesday.

Sharjeel has hit the only century of the league till date, with his 62-ball 117 against Peshawar Zalmi booking Islamabad United's place in the final. He is the third-highest run-scorer, with 287 runs in ten innings at a strike rate of 151.05. Sami has picked up 11 wickets in six matches, including a haul of 5 for 8 against Karachi Kings. Latif was included on the basis of his power-hitting, according to Rashid, who clarified that the batsman could not join the Asia Cup squad due to technical reasons. Latif has scored 190 runs in six innings, at a strike rate of 114.45.

"After having looked at the performance of the players in the PSL competition, the selection committee along with Captain Shahid Afridi and Head Coach Waqar Younis have come to the conclusion that keeping in view the outstanding performances of Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Sami in PSL matches, they should be included as replacements for injured Babar Azam and Ruman Raees respectively for both Asia Cup and World Cup," Rashid said.

"Since we have the option available to bring in changes in our World Cup squad before the support period starting from March 8, 2016, it has also been decided to use this option and decided to include Khalid Latif, who showed tremendous display of power hitting in the PSL matches, which paved the way for his inclusion in the World Cup squad in place of Iftikhar Ahmed."

Sharjeel's previous T20 international appearance was in December 2013, while Sami made his comeback into the Pakistan side after nearly three years during the home series against Zimbabwe in May 2015. Latif last played an international match for Pakistan in June 2012.

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  • Mustafa7861 on February 28, 2016, 20:33 GMT

    We need Abdul Razzak, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamsheed and Salman Butt in the squad,

    After the Asia cup t20 squad, we need to remove the PCB selection committee.

    We need to remove Hafeez, Khurrum and also Akmal from the team.

    Please add some good bowlers as well.

  •   Cricinfouser on February 27, 2016, 22:08 GMT

    Never thought Sami would be back. Last time I saw him play was...I don't even remember

  • likeintcricket on February 26, 2016, 14:24 GMT

    I still think Shehzad and Suhaib are more classy players but they need to work really hard to bring maturity into their cricket. They need to watch their mistakes and learn from it and come back with a professional attitude. Take the example of Amla who gave up the captaincy for his batting. That's what these guys need to do specially Suhaib. Probably they need to play in county cricket or a tough league to correct their basics. Misbah could be a good coach for them but I don't think they listen to anyone in Pakistan. I love watching these two guys bat and hope they come back again but right now other players deserve chances.

  • ramzan31201 on February 26, 2016, 11:33 GMT

    Please give every match scorecard,

  • ahmed_ on February 26, 2016, 10:14 GMT

    Khalid latif is not Rashid Latif's brother. He is a technically sound, solid middle order batsman. He is a must for all formats after Misbah and Younis. Yes he got chance here and there but never got a consistence chance which he deserved. Just give him as much chances as given to Ahmed Shehzad or Sohaib maqsood and he will secure his place permanently.

  • AleemLatif on February 26, 2016, 1:48 GMT

    Pakistan's extremely potent squad for Asia Cup and WT20 should be:

    1) Sharjeel, 2) Hafeez, 3) Khalid Latif, 4) Shoaib Malik, 5) Umar Akmal, 6) Shahid Afridi, 7) Sarfraz Ahmed, 8) Sami, 9) Wahab Riaz, 10) Nawaz, 11) Amir

  • gghdty on February 25, 2016, 23:52 GMT

    Nasir Mahmood . guess you cant take a joke.

  •   Nasir Mahmood on February 25, 2016, 18:12 GMT

    GGHDTY I don't think you no much about cricket judging by ur comment Mohammed Nabi plays for Afghanistan how is he going to get into the Pakistan team please explain

  • gghdty on February 25, 2016, 16:08 GMT

    Khalid Latif are you kidding me , this guy has been tried and tested over the last decade failed, and did nothing special in PSL. Maybe cause hes Rashid Latifs brother. Mohammad Nabi deserved more of a chance than Khalid .

  • Faseeh85 on February 24, 2016, 15:43 GMT

    well in leagues club cricketers also perform "tullers" also perform but this is intl level meanz professional level n u will see how this sami gets beaten like a coward n worthless bowler n ahhh shajeel just heavy fats to tour to bd n ind. who plays short of length balls only n nothing else. pcb has always wasted talent n will waste. n in psl umar akmal showed he can perform at no 3

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