Hafeez: We got what we wanted from T20s

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Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez was happy with his side's efforts in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, saying they wanted to use the games to see what the younger players could bring to the team.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez was happy with his side's efforts in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, saying they wanted to use the games to see what the younger players could bring to the team.

With no more T20s schedule for Pakistan before the World Twenty20 in March next year, they played a number of youngsters in the drawn series in the UAE. Sharjeel Khan was the most impressive, scoring a fifty in the second game.

Fast bowlers Bilawal Bhatti and Usman Khan were also blooded, though Bilawal was more impressive in the absence of key pacemen Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan. Whether they will be used in Bangladesh remains to be seen.

Hafeez explained: "We really got what we wanted to out of the series. It's a positive sign that the youngsters are coming in and doing good for Pakistan.

"We wanted to see where the youngsters are standing so we can make the right combination for the mega-event. It will be easier for the selectors.

"We wanted to inject some of the youngsters and wanted to see them. I think we got the best out of Sharjeel Khan and Bilawal Bhatti.

"We tried Usman Khan because we didn't have Umar Gul – he's trying really hard to get back into international cricket – and we're also missing Mohammad Irfan, who is unfit."

He continued: "Bilawal Bhatti and Usman Khan are youngsters – we should not forget that. But still we believe they are good bowlers and they will learn from this. They just came into international team, and it's not easy.

"Really happy as a captain to see the good performance from the youngster Sharjeel Khan, and also Sohail Tanvir chipped in. Shahid Afridi is also playing well, so those are the positives in the series."

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