Shehzad: I should’ve been selected for World T20


Batsman Ahmed Shehzad feels he should have been selected in Pakistan's squad for the World T20, starting in India in March, but insists he will be back in national colours soon.

Pakistan are offering long odds with Betbright and are not considered one of the favourites for the tournament, although there is some competition for places in the side, and Shehzad is one of the men feeling hard done by.

The 24-year-old right-handed batsman was Pakistan's first-choice opening batsman in the last year and a half but his form tailed off on a tour of New Zealand towards the end of the last year.

He acknowledges that he went through a dip in form but says one or two bad series does not mean he should be left out.

Shehzad said: "I don't understand the reason behind dropping an established player after a bad performance in one or two series.

"If performance was the only criteria then I should have been selected. But anyhow, my job as a player is to perform on the field and also to enjoy my cricket which is under my control.

"I am not disappointed, I am very much satisfied with my performances. The team has been selected as per what was asked (by the management and captain) and I wish good luck to them.

"I am still young and have hit 10 international centuries which is a great achievement, and I will be back very soon."

Pakistan start their World T20 campaign against a qualifier in Kolkata on 16 March.