In every era, Pakistan cricket team has needed a good opening batsman. The ODI and T20 Internationals now need a team of players who can lay the foundation for a big score by scoring fast runs in the power play and then play long innings.
In the last few years, there have been many players in the Pakistan cricket team who have proved their mettle. But then he dropped out of the team for various reasons. One such player is Sharjeel Khan of Karachi Kings, who was dropped from the team in 2017 for his involvement in spot-fixing.
But now that he is back in the Pakistan Super League, he is not being included in the team again due to fitness issues.
Pakistan cricket team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and chief selector Muhammad Waseem both believe that if you want to join the team, you have to come fit. For this reason, Sharjeel Khan and Azam Khan are not part of the national team despite their good performance.
The question is, is fitness the only guarantee of good performance? Many of the current footballers in the Pakistan cricket team can neither score runs nor take wickets in international matches. But since they are fit, they are 'in' the team.
If you look at the quality of fitness, from Test cricket to limited overs cricket, many famous players could never represent their country. Among them are father of cricket WG Grace, English legend Sir Cullen Cowdery, Sri Lanka's World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatanga, former England captain Mike Gatting, Australian opener David Bone and his former captain Mark Taylor.
Similarly, players like Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq, former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan and Kiwi batsman Jesse Ryder would never have joined their teams.
Sharjeel Khan is overweight. But the weight that comes from their presence in the team, if the management decides based on their performance, then it may be the right decision.
What was the record in Sharjeel Khan's innings?
In a match played at the National Stadium in Karachi on Wednesday, Islamabad United defeated defending champions Karachi Kings. But spectators and fans remember nothing but the innings of the losing team Centurion.
Sharjeel Khan shared 176 runs for the first wicket with Babar Azam and also set a new PLS record.
Earlier, the record was held by Karachi Kings when Babar Azam and Liam Livingstone scored 157 runs against Multan Sultans in PSL Four.
When Sharjeel Khan was part of Islamabad United in PSL One, he also shared a 153-run stand with Shane Watson for the first wicket against Lahore Qalandars.
In the match played on Wednesday, Sharjeel Khan's innings was divided into two parts. The beginning was dramatic and the end was emergency.
In the first half, Sharjeel had scored only 7 runs off 18 balls, after which people made fun of him on social media. But on the next 37 balls, he piled up runs and on only 55 balls, Karachi Kings won the toss. And overall PSL's second century score.
After Sharjeel's smoky innings, the same people were challenging his inclusion in the PSL. They started talking about including him in the national team.
With this century, Sharjeel Khan has become the first batsman in the Pakistan Super League to score more than 100 runs by two different teams and the second batsman to score two centuries.
Kamran Akmal of Peshawar Zalmai is still leading in the race for most centuries. He has scored three centuries in the PSL so far, which is a record so far.
At present, the form in which Sharjeel Khan is, there is no hope that he will make this record of Kamran Akmal in his own name. Four consecutive sixes in an over where he got confidence. Opposing bowler and captain Shadab Khan lost confidence. After that Shadab Khan did not throw any over in the match but came to number three and went back to the pavilion without scoring a run.
Pakistan Cricket Board's zero tolerance policy, the law is its own!
During the second edition of the Pakistan Super League, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were sent back to Pakistan from the United Arab Emirates for meeting an unrelated person. But recently two players broke the biosecure bubble, so they were not only saved from punishment but also allowed to play the match.
Sharjeel Khan's action hurt him and his team. But the actions of Peshawar Zalmai captain Wahab Riaz and coach Darren Sammy could have hurt the entire PSL Six.
Not only did the two break protocol by going outside the hotel premises before the start of the event, but they also exposed others by playing matches later.