Sharjeel Khan returns to Pakistani side of T20I for tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe


Pakistan nominates teams for three twin tour formats in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Sharjeel Khan’s PSL form was rewarded with a national team recall for the first time in more than four years, as he was part of Pakistan’s T20I squad for tours to South Africa and Zimbabwe next month .

Sharjeel was the third-highest corer of the reduced PSL season this year, finishing only behind Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, but with a fantastic strike rate of 170.94, well ahead of what the other two recorded. Sharjeel, playing for the Karachi Kings, was the only player to score a hundred in this edition, against Islamabad United.

The recall capped four eventful years for the left-handed opener, who was completely absent from the match for two and a half years, banned for his part in the PSL spot fixing scandal 2017.

Test team: Babar Azam (capt), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (week), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Tabish Khan, Hasan Ali, Shahnawaz Dhani, Nauman Ali, Zahid Mahmood, Sajid Khan.

ODI team: Babar Azam (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (sem.), Sarfaraz Ahmed ( wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.

The T20I team: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (week), Sarfaraz Ahmed (week), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal.

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Umar Farooq is Pakistani correspondent for ESPNcricinfo