London - Ahmed Shehzad’s Quetta Gladiators teammate Kevin Pitersen feels gutted that the Pakistani opener has been left out of the 35-man list for the training camp before the England tour in July.

The South African-born took to Twitter on Tuesday to express his feelings about Shehzad’s exclusion. Pietersen called the 23-year-old a ‘standout batter’ and claimed, ‘How he doesn’t get selected is beyond me!’

Gutted for, @iamAhmadshahzad! Playing the PSL, he was a standout batter & fun lad! How he doesn't get selected is beyond me! #PickTheBest. Shehzad was humbled by Pietersen’s tweet, saying it was an ‘honour for me that the player like u [Pietersen] is worried about my future’.

Moreover, Kiwi all-rounder Grant Elliott, another one of Shehzad’s Quetta teammate, was ‘surprised’ at his exclusion. Surprised at the exclusion of @iamAhmadshahzad from the UK tour.Great team man and had a standout PSL,WC and recent domestic competition. However, Shehzad once again didn’t comment on selection committee’s decision and instead resorted to asking about Elliott’s absence from the Indian Premier League.

Shehzad, along with Umar Akmal, was axed on disciplinary grounds by the newly elected national selection committee led by former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on Monday.

“Shehzad and Umar don’t have enough performances and lack discipline,” said Inzamam. “Wherever there will be a disciplinary problem, we will take a step. And you should expect this selection committee to be a little stern on discipline.”