Pakistan’s spinner Saeed Ajmal was named in the ICC team of the World T20 competition on Monday, a day after West Indies defeat hosts Sri Lanka to win the title. A five-member ICC panel chosen 3 Sri Lankan cricketers and two each from the new champs and Australia in the 11-man squad, the governing body said in a report.
Pakistan were knocked out of the competition after a semi-final defeat against Sri Lanka. Outgoing Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene was named captain a day after he declared his decision to quit the captaincy after his team lost by 36 runs on Sunday, Sri Lanka’s 4th consecutive defeat in a World Cup final, in front of a sad full house at the R Premadasa Ground in Colombo. Chris Gayle and all-rounder Shane Watson, the player of the event, were named openers while India’s Virat Kohli, Jayawardene, England’s Luke Wright and explosive West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels filled up the middle-order positions.
Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Starc and Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga were the 2 quick bowlers in the squad, while Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka was named as the other slow bowler. Ex- New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was chosen as the wicket-keeper, while South Africa were the only main cricketing country without a representative in the squad.