Asad Shafiq
'Our responsibility has increased after Misbah, Younis retirement' - Asad Shafiq

Pakistan’s seasoned Test batsman, Asad Shafiq believes that after the departure of two stalwarts, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, the responsibilities on him and Azhar Ali has increased.

While talking to the media in Lahore, Asad admitted that they (Azhar & him) have not filled the gap of the experienced duo in the longest format of the game.

“We do know that our responsibility has increased after MisYou’s retirement, it is unfortunate that I and Azhar have not played a longer innings but we are working hard to fill their space by converting small innings into big.”

Talking about the pre-season camp which is led by Pakistan’s most successful Test captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, the 33-year-old said that attending Misbah’s camp is an opportunity for young players to learn a lot.

“I have played with Misbah-ul-Haq he is not strict at all but there are few things in which he never compromise like on fitness,” the batsman said. 

“We’ll try our best to make camp beneficial for us under the supervision of Misbah. Training together is a lot of learning,” he added.

When asked about the Test captaincy if offered, Asad replied, “Every player is ready for the captaincy but it’s totally upto PCB to decide the captain. “Sarfaraz is our captain right now and I always support him.”

Previously, it was being reported that the board is considering to choose Azhar Ali or Asad Shafiq as captain of the Test team in place of Sarfaraz Ahmed, while letting the current skipper to continue as the captain of the One Day Internationals (ODIs) and T20I sides.

Shafiq further said that performing in domestic circuit is his priority, the rest is up to the selectors what they do.