The opener Ahmed Shahzad has been around for quite a few years now. Despite the exclusion of Imran Farhat and Asad Shafique from the team, Ahmed Shahzad has survived in all forms of the game for Pakistan due along with Hafeez in the opening position. The people of Pakistan and fans love Pakistan team. They love their players as heroes. Afridi is already a hero that nation is saying goodbye to. Ahmad Shahzad on the other hand has been a hot topic in the Pakistani cricket scene because he has not really impressed the selectors with his performance over the years.
Repeatedly Pakistan needed a good start in the New Zealand Series and before that. The right hander Shahzad is well experienced and knows lot of cricket in all parts of the world. But the worst thing is that he has not even performed well on the UAE pitches, let alone the Australia New Zealand soil. The batting friendly pitches have not seen any big innings from the right handed opener for a long time.
The fans want to replace this guy it is very obvious. The two strong replacements for the unimpressive Shahzad can be Kamran Akmal or Sharjeel Khan.Considering their performance in the T20 as well as the One Day Cricket, both the players have been able to impress the selectors. Kamran Akmal who is the older brother of Umar Akmal has still some cricket left in him. His hands are behind the stomps as well as the batting power of Akmal can become an asset for Pakistan again. He can be as good as the great Sarfraz at the moment. He can field well too, so why not try Kamran Akmal again in the top order before he retires.
Selection of Ahmed Shazad for the Asia Cup is doubtful at the moment. Ahmed did not do well in the current New Zealand Series. The decision of the selection committee will be final regarding this and this will be interesting to know who replaces Shahzad.