Pakistan Call Up Sharjeel Khan

Pakistan Call Up Sharjeel Khan
Umar Akmal hits out during the recent series in South Africa. He will keep wicket against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka
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Pakistan have called up uncapped batsman Sharjeel Khan for the three Twenty20 Internationals against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah and Dubai.

Saeed Ajmal will miss the match against Afghanistan on 8th December due to family reasons but will join up with the squad in time for the Sri Lanka matches on 11th and 13th December.

The squad shows a number of changes from the one that travelled to South Africa and drew a two-match series 1-1.

Shoiab Malik and Abdul Razzaq remain out of contention due to injury and as the squad picked for the South Africa tour was one to cover both Twenty20 and One-Day Internationals, Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdur Rehman, Asad Shafiq and Nasir Jamshed have been left out.

23-year-old Sharjeel has scored 688 runs in 25 Twenty20 matches including an unbeaten century and four half-centuries playing for Hyderabad Hawks and Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited.

The former Under-19 international has hit 120 runs with a highest score of 72 in four Twenty20 games this season. In 2011, he was part of Pakistan's squad which competed at the Hong Kong Sixes.

Haris Sohail, who last played a Twenty20 International against the West Indies July, is also included in the squad.

After impressing during the recent matches against South Africa, both home and away, batsman Sohaib Maqsood and bowlers Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali, retain their places in the squad, which will be led by Mohammad Hafeez.

Pakistan Twenty20 International squad: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal (Sri Lanka games only), Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal (wicket-keeper), Zulfiqar Babar

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Fixtures & Results

8th December: Pakistan v Afghanistan, Sharjah
PAK 138-4 beat AFG 137-8 by 6 wickets
11th December: 1st T20I, Dubai
PAK 146-7 beat SRI 145-5 by 3 wickets
13th December: 2nd T20I, Dubai
SRI 211-3 beat PAK 187 by 24 runs
18th December: 1st ODI, Sharjah
PAK 322-5 beat SRI 311 by 11 runs
20th December: 2nd ODI, Dubai
SRI 287-8 beat PAK 284-4 by 2 wickets
22nd December: 3rd ODI, Sharjah
PAK 326-5 beat SRI 213 by 113 runs
25th December: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
PAK beat SRI by 8 wickets
27th December: 5th ODI, Abu Dhabi
SRI 235-8 beat PAK 232 by 2 wickets
31st December-4th January: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
SRI 204 & 480-5d. drew with PAK 383 & 158-2
8th-12th January: 2nd Test, Dubai
SRI 388 & 137-1 beat PAK 165 & 359 by 9 wickets
16th-20th January: 3rd Test, Sharjah
PAk 341 & 302-5 beat SRI 428-9d. & 214 by 5 wicket