ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Experienced batsman Ahmed Shehzad was drafted into the World T20-bound Pakistan squad on Monday in a bid to improve the opening combination of the side after dismal display in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.
The Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan approved the 15-member squad for the World Twenty20, starting in India on Tuesday at the recommendation of National Selection Committee headed by Haroon Rashid, according to a PCB statement.
PCB Chief Selector Haroon Rashid said, while picking the squad, the team management and skipper were consulted by the selectors, and all concerned gave their consent in this regard. “The T20 team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions during the World T-20 in India.”
“The team is a blend of experience and youth and we believe that team will do well in the mega event”, he said.
The team includes Shahid Afridi (Captain), Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (vice-captain/wicket-keeper), Muhammad Hafeez, Umer Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Immad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Sami and Khalid Latif.
The team management includes Intikhab Alam (team manager), Waqar Younis (head coach), Azhar Mahmood (bowling coach), Grant William Flower (batting coach), Grant Trafford Luden (fielding coach- cum-trainer), Dr. Sohail Saleem (physiotherapist), Shahid Aslam (assistant team manager), Col. (r) Azam Khan (security manager), Agha Akbar (media manager), Talah Ejaz (analyst) and Malang Ali (masseur).