LAHORE: Experienced all-rounder Shoaib Malik might not be picked up for the upcoming Twenty20 sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe as chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq needs to offer younger hard-hitting batsman Khushdil Shah an opportunity as a substitute, Daily Express reported on Saturday.
Malik, 38, has didn’t reside as much as expectations to this point within the home occasion, contributing simply 177 runs – of which 74 got here in a single innings – over 10 matches of the round-robin stage. This uninteresting show provides to his 14-run knock in the one T20I he performed on the latest tour of England.
Meanwhile, Khushdil has been in scintillating kind for Southern Punjab, and isn’t solely the fifth-highest scorer of the match however now additionally holds the excellence of being the maker of the fastest-ever T20 century by a Pakistani.
Despite being on the peripherals of the nationwide T20 unit for some time, Khushdil solely has a single cap to his identify – one thing Misbah needs to alter quickly because the lefty is in line to play all three T20Is in opposition to Zimbabwe, as per Express’ sources.
Abdullah Shafique, the opposite National T20 star, can also be virtually a certainty to be chosen regardless that his crew Central Punjab are out of the match.
While Malik’s inventory has fallen, Mohammad Hafeez’s has soared and it’s unlikely that he could be dropped. However, the cricket board has been unimpressed with him ever since he badmouthed the brand new cricket construction in an unsanctioned assembly with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Express states that in case of orders from the higher-ups, Misbah would don’t have any alternative however to ‘relaxation’ Hafeez, regardless that he himself was additionally part of that assembly with the prime minister.
The sources additional stated that Mohammad Rizwan’s efficiency is being stored a strict eye on. In truth, his promotion up the batting order for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was reportedly on Misbah’s say-so. He scored two half centuries as an opener for his aspect and is prone to retain his spot for the Zimbabwe sequence forward of Sarfaraz, who’s to be rested.
Veteran pacer Wahab Riaz was instrumental in Pakistan’s sole victory throughout the tour of England however he’s additionally unlikely to be risked for the tour of Africans.