Know your Champions Trophy squad: Ahmed Shehzad

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Ahmed Shehzad
Shehzad scored a total of 75 runs as he came back to the ODI squad for the recent series against West Indies. — AFP/File

A 17-year-old starlet at the time of his international debut, Ahmed Shehzad was expected to end Pakistan’s opening vows with his natural stroke-making ability.

The right-hander, however, failed to perform in his first One-Day International outing for Pakistan which was against Australia in 2009 and was out of the side for two years.

Shehzad made a strong comeback when Pakistan visited New Zealand in 2011 scoring a hundred in the third ODI but once again failed to carry on his form after that.

Shahid Afridi, who was leading the national side in the 2011 World Cup, kept his faith in Shehzad and convinced the selectors to pick the opener for the mega event.

Afridi, however, must have dreaded his decision later as Shehzad was dropped from the top XI after five games.

The Lahore-born cricketer continued with his inconsistent run and was eventually dropped from the side again and has been in and out of the squad since then.

The second season of the Pakistan Super League earlier this year saw Shehzad perform again as he piled 242 runs in 10 matches for finalists Quetta Gladiators.

Shehzad scored a total of 75 runs as he came back to the ODI squad for the recent series against West Indies but has made his place in the Pakistan squad for the ICC Champions Trophy set to kick off on June 1.

It is to be seen whether the right-hander, who has an ODI average of 33, stays up to his reputation of inconsistency, or proves that he is as good as the world’s greatest young batsmen with whom he loves comparing himself.

 

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