Ahmed Shehzad sacked as HBL skipper in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy

He wasn't included in the list of probable players.

Ahmed Shehzad of Pakistan
Ahmed Shehzad of Pakistan bats. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad is in the middle of a tumultuous phase of his cricketing career. He was provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after he was found guilty of consuming ‘Marijuana’, a banned substance. His dope test was conducted during the Pakistan Cup in May following which the massive revelations surrounding the grave matter came to the fore.

Recently, the PCB decided to give central contracts to their players and Shehzad wasn’t included in the list of cricketers along with the likes of Umar Akmal. To add to his agony, the Lahore-born cricketer has also been removed as the captain of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, Pakistan’s domestic event. He wasn’t included in the list of probable players as per reports in Geo TV.


Shehzad and his controversially troubled career

Last season, Shehzad had an impressive outing in the tournament. The 26-year-old played four matches in which he scored 352 runs at an average of 58.66. Last season, HBL finished second on the points table of Pool B with five victories from seven matches. Moreover, they qualified for the Super 8 of the tournament. However, they couldn’t replicate their form and managed only one win from three games.

Meanwhile, Shehzad’s omission is expected to weaken the batting order to a significant extent. Apart from his domestic career, the top-order batter has also been a part of the Pakistan national team. He has played 13 Tests, 81 ODIs and 57 T20Is in which he has notched 982, 2605 and 1454 runs respectively. He also has nine international centuries to his credit.

Nevertheless, he hasn’t quite been able to stay put in his position in the team owing to inconsistent form and disciplinary issues as well. He last donned the national colours during Pakistan’s tour of Scotland for a two-match T20I series where he scored 14 and 24 runs respectively.

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