Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed believes that Sharjeel Khan will be missed during limited-over series against West Indies in the Caribbean, who is having a suspension from PCB following his involvement in spot-fixing during the Pakistan Super League.
“The West Indies tour holds immense importance for the team. Sharjeel’s absence will make a difference but hopefully, the other openers will step up and not let us feel his absence,” Sarfraz said.
The skipper of Pakistan limited-over side wants from his bowlers and senior players to put a good show on this upcoming tour. “The presence of senior players like Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik is very important for the team. We will leverage the capabilities of those players who are in form,” he added.
The 29-year-old described Umar Akmal’s exclusion from the team while saying that he has some fitness issue. “He has fitness issues, that’s why he was not picked,” Sarfraz quoted.
He concluded while saying former captain Azhar Ali is still the part of team’s plan despite being axed from the squad.
Pakistan will travel the Caribbean island for a full series including four T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests from March 26 to May 14.