KARACHI: Pakistan’s left-arm fast bowler, Junaid Khan is eyeing to make a comeback in the ODI squad for the series against Australia by proving his worth during the upcoming domestic ODI tournament.
“I have only one choice, perform and get selected in the team,” said Junaid Khan in an interview with ARY Sports. “Whoever performs get in the team, so I will look to replicate my performance of Bangladesh Premier League in the ODI tournament.”
The 26-year old has not played for Pakistan since 2014, he was disappointed when he was dropped from the team, but, now he is determined to make a comeback.
“When I was dropped for the first time, I had this feeling, but, seniors of the team counselled me then I took those emotions positively and started working harder,” he told.
“Even if I don’t get a call for the series against Australia, I will not get disheartened and will keep playing cricket” he added.
Talking about the tough competition in the team for fast bowler’s slot as there is Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan and other left-arm bowlers in the radar, Khan said that he has earlier made his way into Pakistan’s ranks and can do it again.
“Yes, it is tough, but, it is not impossible,” said a positive Junaid. “If you see I have played when there was Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan in the squad, still I played.”
“It is not that complex, It is simple, if I perform in domestic cricket, I can make a comeback,” he added.
On a question regarding his comments about leaving country and moving to England, Junaid shrugged off all those news.
“I did not say anything like that, I saw these rumours circulating on media. I was in England at that time with my family and came to know about it after a couple of days then I also tweeted to clear the air,” he stated.
“Whoever I am today is because of Pakistan and my country will always be my first priority. When I do not get to play cricket in Pakistan then I head towards other countries for league cricket. I will always play for Pakistan” he said further.
Wasim Akram has always rated Junaid Khan high and the young let-arm pacer has utmost respect for that.
“Wasim Bhai has praised me and I have no words to express my happiness when I heard the words he said about me.”