Shar­jeel and Sami re­ceive Pak­istan call-up for Asia Cup, World T20

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS - Staff Reporter

KARACHI: The Pak­istan Cricket Board an­nounced the in­clu­sion of Shar­jeel Khan and Mo­ham­mad Sami in the na­tional squad for the up­com­ing Asia Cup and World T20 tour­na­ments, while Khalid Latif made it only to the World T20 squad.

The changes in the na­tional side were made due to the in­juries sus­tained by Babar Azam and Rum­man Raees dur­ing the on-go­ing Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL), mak­ing the play­ers un­avail­able for ei­ther of the tour­na­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued by PCB, Babar Azam suf­fered a frac­ture on his left fore­arm dur­ing a prac­tice ses­sion with Is­lam­abad United, CT scans re­vealed.

The right-handed bats­man will be back af­ter around three to four weeks ac­cord­ing to the doc­tors. Azam's United team­mate Ru­man Raees suf­fered a grade one ham­string strain and is work­ing to re­gain his fit­ness.

"Af­ter hav­ing looked at the per­for­mance of the play­ers in the PSL, the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee along with Cap­tain Shahid Afridi and Head Coach Waqar You­nis de­cided to in­clude Shar­jeel Khan and Mo­ham­mad Sami as re­place­ments for in­jured Babar Azam and Ru­man Raees re­spec­tively for both Asia Cup and World Cup," said Pak­istan chief selec­tor Ha­roon Rasheed.

Shar­jeel scored a 117 off 62 balls in the third qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal of the PSL against a strong Pe­shawar Zalmi at­tack on Sun­day while Mo­ham­mad Sami has taken six wick­ets, giv­ing away just 23 runs in his last two PSL out­ings.

"Since we have op­tions avail­able to bring in changes in our World T20 squad be­fore the sup­port pe­riod start­ing from March 8, 2016, it has also been de­cided to use this op­tion and in­clude Khalid Latif, who showed tremen­dous dis­play of power hit­ting in the PSL matches.

Khalid Latif also hit form re­cently and has piled 190 runs in eight PSL matches so far.

"Khalid Latif could not be made part of the Asia Cup squad due to some tech­ni­cal rea­sons but would join the squad for the World Cup," added Rasheed. ? The Asia Cup and World T20 kick off on Fe­bru­ary 24 and March 16 re­spec­tively.

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