Shaheen, Rizwan among Jayawardena’s first five players for dream T20 XI

LAHORE - Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi and batter Muhammad Rizwan were picked by ICC Hall of Famer Mahela Jayawardena in his first five players he would pick if he could select a dream XI on the most recent episode of The ICC Review. “For me the bowlers are the most important aspect of T20 cricket and Rashid Khan is a proper spinner that can bat,” said Jayawardena. “He is a very good number seven or number eight batter and you can use him in different circumstances depending on your combinations. “I am then going to go with two more bowlers actually and the first one is going to be a left-armer in Shaheen Afridi,” Jayawardena said. “He had a great World Cup last year, bowls very well with the new ball and is more than capable of getting some swing early too. “He is a wicket taking option too that bowls very well at the death as well, so can be considered a good attacking option. “The next option is the wicketkeeper-batter and I am going with Mohammad Rizwan,” Jayawardena said. “I know he does often open the batting for Pakistan, but I think he can bat in that middle order. “He is a good player of spin and a very busy player.” The remaining two are Jos Buttler and Bumrah.



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