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Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I: Sarfaraz Ahmed Backs Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad

Ahmed Shehzad scored only four runs while Akmal registered a golden duck in the first T20I against Sri Lanka

Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal, left, looks to umpire while Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Pradeep appeals for his dismissal during first Twenty20 match at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. AP Photo

After a dismal performance against Sri Lanka in the first T20I, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has come out in support of Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad, who have failed to make an impression in their comeback.

Shehzad scored only four runs in the match against Sri Lanka while Akmal registered a golden duck. The second T20I match will be played at Lahore on October 7.

Akmal last featured in a T20 for Pakistan three years ago, while Shehzad played in T20Is last year before he was found positive in a dope test.

"We are trying our fullest to give a complete chance to those who are brought back. Both are experienced players and once they settle in, they will perform," ESPN Cricinfo quoted Sarfaraz as saying.

"I give my full backing for them as a captain," he added.

Pakistan is currently the number one T20I side. However, they have lost four of the five games played in 2019.

"We will come back and it's going to be more exciting for the spectators as they will get to see more tough cricket," he said.

(With ANI inputs)


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