Top performers of the National T20 Cup 2020 that were snubbed from Pakistan’s National Cricket Team

Khurram Manzoor was among those snubbed despite being one of the top performers in the National T20 League 2020

Top Performers At The National T20 Cup

Who were the top performers at the National T20 Cup 2020 and why where they snubbed?

National T20 Cup was intensely engaging not only for the audience due to the quality of cricket exhibited, but also for the players who had their last chance before the squad against Zimbabwe was scheduled to be announced. There were many exceptional performances during the tournament. Misbah-ul-Haq, who recently announced his resignation as a chief selector, duly noted those performances before he presented the final 22 men squad. However, there were few players who were excluded from the list despite their outstanding performances.

Khurram Manzoor

Pakistan cricketer Khurram Manzoor plays a shot during the match between India and Pakistan at the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on February 27, 2016. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN / AFP / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Khurram Manzoor was the second highest runs scorer of the tournament. He scored 408 runs in 11 matches with an average of 37.09.  He was just below Fakhar Zaman, who scored 420 runs with an average of 35.0 in his 12 matches. However, Khurram Manzoor’s excellent performance still could not secure him a spot in the Pakistan team.

Khurram Manzoor is number one on our list of top performers at the National T20 Cup 2020 that were snubbed.

Danish Aziz

Danish Aziz, who featured from Sindh had an incredible tournament. Out of his 8 innings in 9 games, we was not-out 5 times. He scored with a stunning averaging of 73.33 along with a healthy strike rate of 154.92. He was the hero for Sindh against KPK where he sealed the game with a six on the final delivery with 5 runs needed. In that game he scored a scintillating 72 runs on only 47 balls. Unfortunately, he could not get the spot in the national team either.  Instead, the selectors preferred Abdullah Shafique, another promising youngster, who scored with an average of 44.75 and strike rate of 133.8.

Danish Aziz is number two on our list of top performers at the National T20 Cup 2020 that were snubbed.

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Zahid Mahmood

The selection committee has prefered Usman Qadir over Zahid Mahmood despite his better performance in National T20 cup. Usman took 10 wickets in his 9 games and conceded runs with an economy of 8.87, while on the other hand, Zahid Mahmood took 12 wickets in 9 games and conceded runs with an economy rate of 8.51.

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Zahid Mahmood is number three on our list of top performers at the National T20 Cup 2020 that were snubbed.

Amir, Malik, and Sarfaraz

Mohammad Amir will rejoin the Pakistan Cricket squad for the 3 International T20s starting from the 28th of August 2020 at Old Trafford
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 26 : Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates after dismissing Martin Guptill during the ICC Cricket World Cup Group Match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 26, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Muhammad Amir, Shoaib Malik, and Sarfaraz Ahmed are the popular names that were excluded from the 22 men squad. Although, all of them were part of the squad that visited England in July this year. The axing of these players means that selectors are looking to give more opportunity to the younger players.

Muhammad Rizwan currently is the first preference for Pakistan as a wicket-keeper. This was observable during the recent England tour as well where the former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed only featured in the final T20 match of the tournament.

Amir, Malik and Sarfaraz are number four on our list of top performers at the National T20 Cup 2020 that were snubbed.

Summary

Zimbabwe was the first full member country that visited Pakistan after the terror attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009. Currently, it ranks 10th in Test, 14th in ODIs, and 11th in T20I ICC rankings for the teams. Hence it is a weaker side as compared to Pakistan. Additionally, Pakistan has the advantage of playing at home. Hence, the youngsters like Abdullah Shafique, Khushdil Shah, Rohail Nazir, Usman Qadir, and Zafar Gohar who are the members of the 22 men squad and are preferred over the other top performers of National T20 cup, have got good opportunity to show their skills and take the responsibility in the absence of  prominent names.

This brings an end to our article on the top performers of the National T20 League 2020/21 that were snubbed from Pakistan’s series against Zimbabwe.

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