Pakistan discarded Sohaib Maqsood is pinning his hopes of a comeback on the Pakistan Super League and did take a big step towards his goal by smashing a fiery 42-ball 85 in Multan Sultans’s win over Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai on Tuesday night.
The 30-year-old smashed seven sixes and four boundaries in the highest individual score of this year’s PSL, also guiding his team to the highest total this year of 183-3.
Sohaib admitted frequent injuries led to his career being blocked.
“I was close to selection for the team on the tour of New Zealand but then I hurt my back and was out of the reckoning,” said Sohaib. “
“I have committed mistakes and frequently got injured which stopped my career to a place but this is my chance and I am determined to get my place back,” said Sohaib who last played for Pakistan in 2016.
Hailed as the next Inzamam-ul-Haq for being from the same city as the former captain — Multan — Sohaib failed to justify his immense potential. He also failed in the 2015 World Cup managing just one fifty.
Here too Sohaib made 21, four and one in the first three matches but was given confidence by captain Shoaib Malik.
“I didn’t do well in the first three matches but Shoaib bhai gave me confidence that even if I fail I will play all ten matches and then Kumar Sangakkara encouraged me and that helped.”
Multan tops the table with nine points after six matches.