Tanvir Ahmed questions inclusion of Shan Masood in playing XI

Shan scored quick 51 in first innings of second Test against Sri Lanka

By Web Desk
July 24, 2023
Tanvir Ahmed (L) and Shan Masood (R) - Twitter/SLC

Former Test cricketer Tanvir Ahmed has questioned the inclusion of Shan Masood in Pakistan's Test playing XI. 

Taking to Twitter, Tanvir preferred Mohammad Hurraira over Shan in the longer format of the game. 

Shan, who has played 29 Tests, nine ODIs, and 19 T20Is so far, was retained in the squad for second Test against Sri Lanka. 

After the tweet, the left-handed batter managed to score 51 runs off 47 balls including four boundaries and a six. 

Alongside Abdullah Shafique, Shan Masood built up a strong partnership after Pakistan lose opening batter Imam-ul-Haq earlier in the third session on day one of the second Test.

After bowling out Sri Lanka for 166 runs, Pakistan were off to a poor start with batting followed by the early dismissal of Imam. The left-handed batter scored just six runs before walking back to the pavilion. 

Abdullah and Shan carried the innings for Pakistan and scored 108 runs off 117 balls. Shan played a quick knock of 51 runs which is now called as 'Pakball formula' on social media.

Babar (8*) is at the crease with Abdullah (74*) as Pakistan walked out at stumps with 145-2 in 28.3 overs.