PESHAWAR: Junaid Khan revealed that he was disheartened when he was overlooked for Pakistan’s opening game of Champions Trophy against India despite of the having an impressive record against the arch-rivals.
Khan received hero’s welcome in hometown of Swabi, where hundreds of people gathered to see the champion bowler who bowled a splendid spell in the final of the tournament.
“Not playing against India in the [Champions Trophy] group match really saddened me but when I got the chance of making a comeback in the final, I tried hard to be there as a team member,” Junaid Khan told reporters.
The 27-year old believes that the win can help improve Pakistan’s image at the international country and clear doubts about Pakistan.
“We with the prayers of entire nation won the prestigious Champions Trophy title which no doubt lifted the image of Pakistan internationally,” he further said.
“Hopefully, with our victory in the Champions Trophy the negative perception of some of the foreign players about Pakistan will now change and they will come to our country to play cricket,” he added.
Junaid Khan was happy with the way Mohammad Amir bowled in the big game and destroyed the solid top order of Indian batting line. According to him, winning the contest was more important rather than who takes wickets.
“We played like a team and every member delivered his best in the final,’ he concluded.