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Waqar warns against premature inclusion of Sharjeel

Waqar warns against premature inclusion of Sharjeel

Sharjeel Khan grabbed the headlines with a couple of explosive performances in the latter half of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). After repeatedly failing with the bat, Sharjeel finally repaid the faith bestowed in him by the Karachi Kings management as he plundered the Lahore Qalandars bowling attack and later wreaked havoc on Islamabad United.

Despite his blistering batting displays, Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis has warned against fast-tracking Sharjeel into the national side. The bulky southpaw played his last international game back in 2017 before being embroiled in the PSL spot-fixing scandal. Waqar pointed out that Sharjeel desperately needed to work on his fitness before being deemed capable enough to get into the side.

“Sharjeel needs a lot of work right now. You can’t judge him on the basis of one or two innings. He needs to work on his fitness because where are we going to hide him in the field? Fielding is really important these days and especially in Australia where grounds are really big. Sharjeel has a lot of time after [the] PSL to get himself fit,” Waqar said in a recent interview.