‘Players get proper chance in Pakistan if close to coach, captain’ Junaid Khan


Karachi: Discarded left-arm pacer Junaid Khan thinks players in Pakistan cricket remain uncertain about their future, blaming most of them get a proper run in the national team if they are close to the captain and coach.

The 31-year-old, who has picked up nearly 190 wickets in 22 Tests, 76 ODIs and 8 T20 matches, has not been selected for any format for his country since May 2019.

“If you have a good relationship with the coaches and captain, then you get more chances. It also depends on the city you belong to. If you belong to a big city, then people raise voice for you,” he said in an interview to the CricketPakistan website.

“I used to be part of the national team in all three formats. I used to ask for rest but I wasn’t given rest. Then came a time when I got in the bad books and was being ignored due to likes and dislikes. I was performing but was not being given a proper chance,” he added.

Meanwhile, Junaid is confident of making comeback in the Pakistan team. “I have played around 120 matches for Pakistan, but I feel disappointed because I could have played around 200 matches till now,” he maintained.

“I am playing in domestic and you can still make a comeback in Pakistan team even if you are 35 or 36 years old if you are in the good books of selectors. I am working on my fitness and improving my skills,” he added.

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