She­hzad out, Khur­ram in as Pak­istan name World T20 squad

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The World Twenty20 dream is over for Ahmed She­hzad and Umar Gul as Pak­istan named its 15-man squad af­ter a lengthy meet­ing which split the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee.

She­hzad, who scored a match-win­ning 71 off 46 balls for Quetta Gladiators against Karachi Kings in the Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL) last week, could not im­press the se­lec­tors enough to earn a spot in the na­tional team.

The un­capped left-arm fast bowler Rum­man Raees and allrounder Mo­ham­mad Nawaz were re­warded for their im­pres­sive per­for­mances in the PSL. Khur­ram Man­zoor, who last rep­re­sented Pak­istan in a Test match in 2014, re­turned to the side af­ter scor­ing big in the Na­tional T20 Cup and against the Eng­land Lions re­cently. "While pick­ing the squad, the team man­age­ment and skip­per were con­sulted by the se­lec­tors, and all con­cerned gave their con­sent in this re­gard," chief selec­tor Ha­roon Rasheed said.

"The T20 team has been se­lected keep­ing in mind the con­di­tions dur­ing Asia cup and World T20 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." Twenty20 cricket's mega event will be held in In­dia from March 8 to April 3, and the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) had set Fe­bru­ary 8 as the dead­line for nam­ing squads for the tour­na­ment.

But the PCB re­quested the world gov­ern­ing body to give them more time to as­sess the per­for­mances of the play­ers fea­tur­ing in the PSL. The same squad will first fea­ture in the Asia Cup T20 which starts on Fe­bru­ary 24.

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

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