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Ahmad Shahzad in, Khurram Manzoor out of World T20 squad

LAHORE: Pakistani selectors have replaced Khurram Manzoor with Ahmad Shahzad for the upcoming World Twenty20 in India.

According to details, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sent the final squad to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the World T20 set to take place in India this month.

Khurram Manzoor managed to score just 11 runs in three innings in this year’s edition of the Asia Cup Twenty20.

Ahmad Shahzad was dropped for this year’s Asia Cup and World T20 but his performances in the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) made the selectors reconsider their decision.

He is the only Pakistani batsman to score a century in 20-over format of the game. He has scored 941 runs in 40 T20 internationals with an average of 24.76 runs per innings.

Pakistani selectors also brought in Khalid Latif for the tournament. He last represented Pakistan back in 2012 against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan (squad): Shahid Afridi (captain), Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (vice captain/wicket keeper), Mohammad Hafeez, Umer Akmal, Ahmad Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami and Khalid Latif.

According to a press release by Pakistan Cricket Board, Chairman Shaharyar Mohammad Khan approved the 15 member squad at the recommendation of National Selection Committee headed by Haroon Rashid for the upcoming ICC World T20 2016.

“While picking the squad, the team management and skipper were consulted by the selectors, and all concerned gave their consent in this regard”, the release read.

Haroon Rashid said that the T20 team was selected while keeping the conditions during the World T-20 in mind.

“The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and the selectors believe that team will do well in the mega event”, Rashid said.

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