Pakistan Cricket Board announced their squad for the three match T20I series against Bangladesh yesterday and as expected Ahmad Shahzad was not considered. Ahmad Shahzad was recalled after 16 months for the three match T20I series against Sri Lanka but his return was not up to the mark and he failed miserably, scoring only 4 and 13 in the first two T20Is before being dropped for the third. Pakistan lost the series three-nil and Ahmed Shahzad paid heavy price for it. The 28 year old was also overlooked for the subsequent tour of Australia where Pakistan lost two-nil.
However, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen after knowing Shahzad has been excluded again for the home series against the Tigers, took to twitter to criticize the selection of the squad. KP Sayd: Just seen the team that PAKISTAN have picked to play Bangladesh. How on this planet can @iamahmadshazhad NOT be in that squad??? His PSL numbers and domestic numbers are so much better than the batter picked ahead of him! STUPID!”
Shahzad responded to Pietersen’s tweet by thanking him and being positive regarding his future. “Thank u for care buddy.. Allah certainly have better plans for me! I love them all,” he replied.
Ahmad Shahzad finished the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League in the top 10 highest run-getters, having amassed 311 runs in eight matches for PSL 4 winners Quetta Gladiators, including four half centuries at an average of 51.83, only AB De Villiers averaged more than him for those who have played at least 5 games in the 2019 season. Whereas Ahsan Ali, who got the nod ahead of him could only score 178 runs in the same number of games as Ahmed Shahzad. Looking at the numbers in domestically, Ahmed Shahzad trumps Ahsan Ali in National T20 Cup as well with 181 runs in 4 games at an average of 60.33 as compare to Ahsan Ali’s 131 runs in 5 games at an average of 26.20. Pietersen’s statement has some weight behind it. However, when given the chance for national team, Shahzad ends up disappointing as was seen recently in the series against Sri Lanka.