Mumbai, Jun 30: As the selectors gear up to pick the squad for India's tour of Sri Lanka next month, the selection committee is likely to pick 30 probables for the upcoming ICC World T20, when they meet at Mumbai on July 4.
Though India A team did not impress the selectors following their disappointing series loss to West Indies A team in the Carribean earlier this month, definitely Shami Ahmed, a 22 year old pacer from Bengal has been drawing a lot of attention.
Looks like the Bengal pacer would make it to the probables list if not being a part of the squad for the Sri Lankan tour next month.
"Shami Ahmed is a quality bowler and we have been watching him for quite a while. Only thing, he has to take care of is consistency. Age is on his side and so he should try and keep improving with every game. Even if he does not find a place in the Sri Lanka-bound squad, he is surely one for the future," a source told MiD DAY.
Ahmed had a wonderful season, as he bagged 13 wickets in three matches for India ‘A' in the Carribean.
Having played just nine first class matches, the 22 year old has claimed 34 wickets at an average of 27.26. His T20 performance has been quite impressive as he has played 14 matches and has secured 21 wickets with 4/24 being his best so far, at an average of 11.66 at an amazing strike rate of 12.8.
Ahmed made his first class debut against Assam at Kolkata in Nov 2010 and T20 debut against the same opponents in Oct 2010. He was also a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad which won the title in the fifth edition of Indian Premier League this year.
Bengal pacer Ahmed, having achieved so much very early in the career, seems to be India's future prospect. But it all depends on how the cricketer sustains as many players have achieved very early in their career but fail to sustain the energy and quality as they develop as a cricketer.