Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief selector Mohammad Wasim has clarified Sarfaraz Ahmed about not being picked in the squad for the home T20 series against England and the T20 World Cup.

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Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credits:&nbspTwitter

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  • Mohammad Haris has got a place as the reserve wicketkeeper in the Pakistan team for the T20 World Cup.

  • There was discussion in the meeting of the selection committee to include Sarfaraz Ahmed in the team

  • But for one reason Mohammad Haris got this big opportunity.

Karachi: The seven match T20 series between Pakistan and England is going to start in Karachi from 20 September. England’s team has reached Pakistan tour after a gap of 17 years to participate in the series. In such a situation, as soon as England stepped on the soil of Pakistan, they announced the team for the series and for the T20 World Cup.

Rizwan rested for home series against England
The selectors decided to rest wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan for the home series against England. In such a situation, the wicketkeeper’s place in the team became vacant, then Mohammad Haris was selected in the team, not giving preference to former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. At the same time, Sarfaraz was not given a place in the team for the T20 World Cup. Mohammad Haris was selected as the reserve wicketkeeper.

Haris takes the opening batting, that’s why he won
After the announcement of the team, the debate about giving Haris preference over Sarfaraz gained momentum in Pakistan’s cricket corridors, so the chief selector of the PCB himself had to come forward and clarify in this matter. Chief selector Mohammad Wasim said about this, the selection committee wanted to have a reserve wicketkeeper in the team for the tour of Australia. Everyone was of the opinion that the wicketkeeper should be such that he can also open. If Rizwan gets unfit or can’t play for some other reason, then we will need an opener and Haris fits perfectly in this role as well.

Sarfaraz is unable to score runs fast in the lower order
Wasim further said, they respect the contribution Sarfaraz Ahmed has made for the State. But when it comes to white ball cricket, batting at number 6 or 7 he can make a difference. At that point we will need a hitter. Sarfaraz is included in the Test team as a backup wicketkeeper where his experience is needed by the team. There was discussion about his selection in the team for the T20 World Cup, but in the end, Rizwan’s option can be the only player who can open.

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