Fair play in Faysal Bank Twenty20 Cup?

In the recently concluded Faysal Bank Twenty20 Cup in Pakistan, Abbottabad Falcons captain Younis Khan was awarded the best batsman for his 201 runs.

By (Mubashir Mahmood, by email)

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Published: Fri 21 Feb 2014, 9:13 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:52 AM

This shows that he is in full form. Yet the Mardan-born right-handed batsman was not selected for the 2014 ICC World T20 series to be held in Bangladesh from March 16.

Instead Shoaib Malik has been selected, for reasons best known to the selection committee headed by Azhar Khan. The 32-year-old Malik last scored 50 plus in a one-dayer in 2009 against India. In the recent T20 Big Bash League in Australia, his average was 7.25 in the last five innings though he scored 65 for Sialkot Stallions against Hyderabad Hawks and an unbeaten 49 against Islamabad Leopards.

In comparison to Shoaib Malik’s record, Younis Khan’s was better and he should have been selected for the T20 squad. But once again it looks like the selectors have taken a very big chance.

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