COLOMBO: Pakistan’s spinner Saeed Ajmal was named in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) team of the World Twenty20 tournament on Monday, a day after West Indies beat hosts Sri Lanka to win the title.
A five-member ICC panel selected three Sri Lankan players and two each from the new champions and Australia in the 11-man team, the governing body said in a statement.
Pakistan were knocked out of the tournament after a semi-final defeat against Sri Lanka.
Outgoing Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was named skipper a day after he announced his decision to give up the captaincy after his side lost by 36 runs on Sunday, Sri Lanka’s fourth successive defeat in a World Cup final, in front of a disappointed full house at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Chris Gayle and all-rounder Shane Watson, the player of the tournament, were named openers while India’s Virat Kohli, Jayawardene, England’s Luke Wright and explosive West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels filled up the middle-order slots.
Young Australian seamer Mitchell Starc and limited-overs specialist Lasith Malinga were the two fast bowlers in the team, while Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka was named as the other slow bowler.
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was selected as the wicket-keeper, while South Africa were the only major cricketing nation without a representative in the team.
Chris Gayle (West Indies), Shane Watson (Australia), Virat Kohli (India), Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka – captain), Luke Wright (England), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Marlon Samuels (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan), Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka)