Head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, Misbah-ul-Haq is reportedly displeased by the selection of left-handed batsman Sharjeel Khan in the T20I squads for their upcoming tours to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Sharjeel Khan is making his return to the national set-up after 4 years having served his ban; the left-hander was banned for 5 years for his involvement in the PSL 2017 spot-fixing scandal. However, with multiple appeals, the ban was reduced and he had made his return to cricket a while ago.
The opener had a prolific PSL 2021 – in a season curtailed by the covid cases, Sharjeel Khan was the third-highest scorer while batting at a terrific strike rate of 170.94; he was the only player to score a hundred before the tournament came to a halt.
Misbah finds Sharjeel Khan unfit for international cricket
The 31-year-old opener has been rewarded for his brilliant returns in the PSL with a national call-up.
However, according to reports in ‘Cricket Pakistan’, Misbah and skipper, Babar Azam are utterly unhappy with Sharjeel’s selection because of the batsman weighing 112 kilos! Misbah believes that the selections of overweight Sharjeel will pave way for more ‘unfit’ players in the national side.
Even when the Sharjeel was in the side years ago, Misbah had told former head coach Mickey Arthur to send him back to Pakistan as he weighed 96 kgs. Misbah is also furious about the fact that leg-spinner Yasir Shah is excluded from the Test side due to fitness issues.