Shaheen Afridi and Hussain Talat named in Pakistan squad for West Indies series

Waseem Ahmed 18:22 26/03/2018
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17-year-old Afridi impressed in the PSL.

Pakistan have given a maiden call-up to Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hussain Talat in the 15-man squad for the T20I series against the West Indies.

Both the youngsters impressed in the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which came to a conclusion on Sunday in Karachi.

Left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi rose to prominence with his performances for Pakistan at the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand at the start of the year.

The 17-year-old impressed with his swing and movement as he helped Pakistan reach the semi-finals of the competition.

Following his U19 World Cup showing, Afridi turned out for the Lahore Qalandars in the PSL and delivered the best spell of the tournament (5-4) in the win against the Multan Sultan in Dubai.

All-rounder Hussain Talat was one of the finds of the tournament and played a vital role in Islamabad United’s march to their second PSL title.

The 22-year-old picked up two crucial wickets in the finals at Peshawar Zalmi and has chipped in with notable contributions with both bat and ball over the course of the campaign.

There was also a maiden call-up for hero of the final Asif Ali whose outstanding cameo of an unbeaten 26 (6) got Islamabad over the line. Highest wicket-taker in the PSL, Faheem Ashraf, kept his place in the national team led by wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan are due to take on the Caribbean side in three T20I clashes which will all be held at the National Stadium in Karachi. The matches take place on April 1, 2 and 3.

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