Pakistan teenage spinner Shadab Khan turning heads

Posted April 06, 2017

Pakistan selectors on Wednesday picked two leg-spinners and a rookie pace bowler in the squad for the three Test series against the West Indies later this month.

West Indies batsmen were baffled by the googlies of Shadab in the Twenty20 series in which the leg-spinner took 10 wickets and won player of the series award in his debut worldwide series as Pakistan clinched the series 3-1.

The former West Indies batsman says West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder are not global bowlers, saying Holder had promise earlier in his career but when he was given the job as ODI and Test captain it affected his development.

"Two leg-spinners against a western team will have a positive impact", Ahmed said.

Openers Ahmad Shahzad and Shan Masood have also been named in the squad, while right-arm pacer Mohammad Abbas is also included in the squad, which is announced by the Inzamam-ul-Haq-led National Selection Committee.

Clamours for Misbah's retirement started going rounds after Pakistan's dismal show in the three-match Test series in Australia previous year and hosts lost it 2-0.

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Rather, the Australian said the disappointing performance allowed him to properly gauge the quality of the squad, and believes the players simply need to be more consistent.

This, in turn, means when the ODI team rankings are overhauled on 1 May, the table will reflect all matches from 1 May 2014 with matches played from 1 May 2016 to carry 100 per cent weighting.

"Shadab could learn, too, by staying with Yasir, like I learnt from Qadir bhai (brother) and then Danish (Kaneria) learnt from me when I was his senior".

Law said it was important West Indies did not attempt to simply use "brute force" in the upcoming rubber, especially bearing in mind the venue.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has indicated that Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq could be assigned a directorial role with the cricket board post his retirement.