Young opening batsman Ahmad Shehzad, just about missed out on selection for the forthcoming Asia Cup, courtesy his bad disciplinary track record. Chief selector Iqbal Qasim mentioned after announcing the team that Ahmad Shahzad and Mohammad Sami, who had both done remarkably well in the BPL, were talked about during the meeting.
“It isn’t as if they weren’t discussed but we just sensed they require more time to make a comeback,” he explained. But a source, aware of the occurrences in the national selection board, claimed that Ahmad Shehzad, who top scored in the BPL, was a powerful contender but most of the selectors thought he first needed to be counselled and reformed.
“Majority thought that he has a disciplinary problem and this was seen even in the BPL when he was fined for misconduct. The feeling was that he’s a superb talent but somebody needs to talk to him and provide him right advising to improve his habits,” the source explained. The selectors finally picked Nasir Jamshed who did very well in the BPL for Chittagong Kings. He said Muhammad Sami’s name was also discussed but the feeling was that he should be considered for future Test games.
Interestingly although Aussie Dav Whatmore is yet to be officially declared as head coach, his views were sought by the selectors on the squad for the Asia Cup.