Pakistan’s Test batsman Asad Shafiq is confident to fill in the gaps for the national team in batting department when they take on Australia in their first series of ICC Test Championship next month.
Asad, while talking to the media in Karachi, highlighted ups and downs in a cricketer’s career and said that he keeps on working hard to get rid of his weaknesses.
“I know that there are plenty of hopes from me in Test cricket especially after the departure of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. I always try my best to contribute worthy for my team and I hope to do it again in our upcoming Test series in ICC Test Championship,” he said.
The arrival of Misbah-ul-Haq as the team’s new head coach is overwhelming for Asad who is looking forward to working with former Test cricketer once again. “You can hardly match the likes of Misbah. He is a tough man with cool mind and temperament. He wants things perfect and I am confident that youngsters in the team will get immense opportunities to learn from him,” he maintained.
Asad, who will be leading Sindh in the second round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after Sarfraz Ahmed joined national team’s training camp ahead of home series against Sri Lanka, appreciated the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for bringing a couple of changes to the system of domestic cricket. He talked about the quality of pitches and use of Kookbirra Cricket ball.
“See, things are getting quite better. Earlier, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches used to finish even in just two days. But this time, we have observed a slight difference in the quality of pitches,
“In the first round, teams played quality cricket but unfortunately all three matches ended in a draw,” he said.
To a query about the strategy for next match against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at UBL Sports Complex, Asad said that they have inspected the pitch which has some grass on it and will help fast bowlers this time around.
“We will try to go in the field with a mindset to win the game. The pitch good looks and I hope the fans will see more competitive cricket this time around,” he concluded.