PublicNews18: Will Sharjeel Khan once again be able to make a place in the Pakistani cricket team?
Sharjeel Khan has returned to the cricket field after completing a two-and-a-half-year ban for spot-fixing. He represented Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League in the early stages but obviously his real goal is international cricket.
Although Sharjeel Khan has not been very successful for Pakistan, he has been able to restore the confidence he needed after being away from cricket for two and a half years.
In the match against the Lahore Qalandars, he scored an unbeaten 74 with five sixes and five fours. Even in those innings where he couldn’t score big, he certainly got a glimpse of his distinctive offensive style.
Sharjeel Khan managed a total of 16 sixes in the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League, with Chris Lynn and Shane Watson jointly with the most number six.
The top 23 sixes were planted by Ben Dink.
During the press conference during the Pakistan Super League, the captain of Karachi Kings Emad Wasim was asked about Sharjeel Khan several times, and every time his answers were squeezed, he had some doubts about Sharjeel Khan’s abilities. No, he’s been a match-winning player, and is ready to return to international cricket, and it depends on the selectors when he gets the chance.
Emad Wasim said that in the practice matches before PSL it was estimated that Sharjeel Khan wanted to do something.
When a player returns to big cricket after two or three years, the situation is not easy for him and when a player drops in one match after the next, his confidence goes down, which is why he calls Sharjeel Khan. He said that you would still be playing in the seventh match even though you were out at zero six times
On the other hand, Waseem Khan, chief executive officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has warned cricketer Mohammad Hafeez who had tweeted about Sharjeel Khan and questioned his possible return.
Waseem Khan has said that Mohammad Hafeez should focus on his cricket rather than give his opinion on anyone else. This is the second time that Mohammad Hafeez has questioned the possible return of a cricketer involved in spot-fixing. Earlier in 2015,
when fast bowler Mohammad Amir returned to the Pakistani team, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali refused to join the national camp.
Waseem Khan also advised Sharjeel Khan that if he was serious about returning to the Pakistani cricket team, he would have to work on his fitness as he was fit when playing Pakistan Super League. Now they have a few months so they have to focus on their fitness.
Former Pakistan cricket team captain Rashid Latif thinks Sharjeel Khan’s return to the Pakistani team will not be easy, but his return will be largely dependent on Pakistan Cricket Board and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq.