Opening batsman Shan Masood admitted his inclusion in the ODI side against Australia meant that performances in Pakistan’s domestic cricket are rewarded and do not go unnoticed.
With Fakhar Zaman and other key players rested from the ODI squad, Masood is likely to feature in the playing XI, opening the batting alongside Imam-ul-Haq.
The left-hander scored 632 runs in the regional one-day cup before amassing 654 runs in the departmental one-day cup in 2017-18 season.
He then piled up 352 runs against New Zealand ‘A’ side including a century in each innings feat in Dubai in October last year. He also scored 238 runs in five one-day matches against England Lions, also in UAE last year.
"I think that's important because what it shows is that performances in the domestic season get importance," said Shan.
"It shows that those guys who are dropped from the national side they have an opportunity to perform in domestic cricket."
When asked about his chances to play in the all-important World Cup, he said: "I am fortunate that I am picked for the Australia series and hopefully I will be getting a chance. Everything is up to me how well I do in this particular series.”
However, he warned his side against complacency following Australia’s win against India in the recently concluded ODI series.
"To beat India in India is probably one of the most phenomenal achievements in a bilateral series. We are not going to take them lightly at all.
“A lot of things are also at stake for us, places for World Cup up for grabs, and playing against this Australia side there will be no better opportunity to perform as a team and individually, so it’s a great opportunity."