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“Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad should have been given more chances,” says Azhar Mehmood

Umar Akmal and Ahmad Shehzad who were selected to play T20 against Sri Lanka recently, remained unsuccessful there but they are desrving and should not have been dropped straight away according to Pakistan’s former bowling coach, Azhar Mehmood.

In the T20 squad against Sri Lanka, Shehzad and Akmal were the only two players who were recalled by PCB after much time. Shehzad somehow managed to score 17 runs but, Akmal failed awfully and got two ducks in first two matches. Despite of being provided with another chance, they were dropped off straight away. Hence, Azhar Mehmood has seemed quoting in a blog for Pak Passion relevant to the subject that,

“It made no sense to side-line the players who got Pakistan to the number one rank and if we did bring back the likes of Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal, then at least they should have been given more chances to perform, instead of dropping them straight away”.

Pakistan are currently No. 1 T20 side even after losing only a single T20 series in calendar 2019 year. They have been whitewashed at Gadaffi stadium by 0-3 and thus for the reason, Sarfaraz Ahmad was sacked off captaincy from all the formats just because of one series lose. Management didn’t even dare to look at his overall captaincy and chose to do so on the basis of only one series lose.

However, Azhar Mehmood has not spilled out any direct sentences saying that management has been so reckless. Instead, he has said that,

“This seems to indicate a lack of direction in the policies of the team management and this must have unsettled a somewhat set T20I side”.

He believes that ‘lack of direction’ has rattled a somewhat settled Pakistan T20I side.

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