Latif asks PCB to include Shehzad in team for T20 WC

ISLAMABAD: Following Pakistan top-order’s collapse in the ongoing T20 Asia Cup, former skipper Rashid Latif has urged Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to bring back discarded opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad to team for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“He is an experienced batsman and his performance in Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been up to the mark. He should be made part of the team for this month’s T20 World Cup,” he told a sports news channel.

He expressed disappointment that Bangladesh, a less experienced side in international cricket, put Pakistan out of the final. Pakistan’s top-order, he said failed badly in the Asia Cup and if they wanted to have any chance in the Twenty20 World Cup, they would need a seasoned batsman and Ahmed Shehzad was the only best choice for that.

Latif was also of the view that Pakistan batsmen’s approach at Sher-e- Bangla, Dahaka Stadium was faulty and they failed to read the situation well.

“I’m unable to understand who to blame, but when individuals play for Pakistan, they must accept the responsibility for their own performances,” he maintained.

Champion off-spinner Saeed Ajmal appearing in the same channel also seconded Latif, stating that Ahmed Shehzad could do well for Pakistan. He also did not agree with some captaincy decisions in the match against Bangladesh and expressed surprise why Shoaib Malik was not utilized properly.

“The captain knows better what were the reasons for giving Malik just one over,” he said insisting that Malik should have been brought on in the seventh or eighth over and should have bowled more overs.