Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad is all set to return home after its Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday has cleared the right-handed batsman has made an early request to the team management by stating he is looking forward to meeting his ailing mother and eventually his first child, who was born in April, this year.
Following the statement, the reports suggested Shehzad was approved by PCB officials to return home during the ongoing Test match.
“The PCB on the request forwarded by the team management has allowed Shahzad to return home from the West Indies tour,” PCB statement said.
Lahore-born Shehzad has scored 121 runs in all four innings of first two Tests of the three-match ongoing series he has played against the West Indies as the series is tied at 1-1.
“Shahzad had made a request to the team management to return home from the ongoing tour after his mother’s illness and birth of his first child,” PCB release added.
It’s pertinent to mention, the Punjab-born batsman was replaced by Shaun Maqsood for the Test series’ decider at the Windsor Park in Dominica.
The media statement from PCB has further cleared by stating that opening batsman, who is the part of Pakistan’s 15-member squad for upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017, will join the team in England.
“The opening batsman will now join the team in England,” the media release concluded.
The ICC’s mega event will kick off on June 1 in England and Wales as Pakistan will face arch-rival India on June 4 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Shehzad, who has scored just one fifty in the ongoing Test series, hasn’t been effective with the bat in the rest of the three innings he has been part of for Misbah-Ul-Haq-led side, who is retiring from Test cricket alongside senior batsman Younis Khan.
In a Group B, Pakistan will also face Sri Lanka and South Africa as they have just three matches to play with tournament comprised of 15 matches as final will be played on June 18.
Shehzad, who has been part of the different Twenty20 leagues across the globe, has played 78 One-day Internationals for Pakistan, in which he has scored 2,585 runs at an average of 33.57. He has scored six centuries and 14 fifties.
Shehzad has also played 13 Tests and 48 T20Is for Pakistan after making his international debut in 2009 against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.