After the conclusion of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2012, all eyes were on the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to unearth some young batters because the openers of Pakistan had failed badly in the ICC T20 World Cup that was hosted Bangladesh.
An explosive left-handed batsman from Hyderabad was looking forward to his first PSL season with Islamabad United and his dreams were about to come true.
According to everyone’s expectations, Sharjeel Khan had a fantastic PSL season for Islamabad United and he also scored the first century of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) history against Peshawar Zalmi in a virtual semi-final.
Islamabad United went on to win the first season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Sharjeel Khan was immediately brought into the national team for the T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka. However, before that series, Sharjeel played his first T20I against Afghanistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Sharjeel immediately made an impact with his aggressive batting on his ODI debut against Sri Lanka. The explosive left-handed batsman scored 61 runs on his ODI debut with a strike rate of 100. In his 61 runs, Sharjeel smacked three sixes and four boundaries.
He became a permanent member of the national side after that series and opened for Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2012 and T20 World Cup 2016. Sharjeel has scored 6 half-centuries in ODIs and a single century as well against the Irish cricket team.
Just before the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Sharjeel’s future fell in jeopardy after he was allegedly banned from playing cricket in the 2nd edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2016.
He was suspended for an alleged corrupt role in the encounter against Peshawar Zalmi. Sharjeel and Khalid Latif of Islamabad United were banned for five years and the careers of both of them were almost going to end.
However, the 30-year old Sharjeel has now completed his ban and he is currently completing the rehabilitation program initiated by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for convicted players. Sharjeel’s ban ended in September 2019 and he was allowed to take part in club cricket.
Sharjeel started his preparations once again and the good news came when he was picked by the Karachi Kings franchise in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 Draft.
The Karachi Kings will have the services of the explosive opener for the upcoming PSL and he will open the innings along with the current T20I captain of Pakistan Babar Azam.
The situation is the same once again as the left-handed batsman is gearing up for yet another Pakistan Super League (PSL) season.
Sharjeel’s explosive performance in the PSL 2016 earned him a place in the national side for the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 and he will be looking to capitalize on the opportunity once again in the PSL 2020 in order to play the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Sharjeel’s case for the T20 World Cup in Australia is becoming even stronger because of his experience in the Australian conditions. Sharjeel had a fabulous tour to Australia in 2016 where he scored back to back half-centuries against the fiery pace attack of Australia.