KARACHI: Pakistan’s aggressive opening batsman, Sharjeel Khan, who is representing Pakistan A in England at the moment, is aiming to make his way into the test team of Pakistan.
The 26-year old opener from Hyderabad is looking to make the most of this opportunity of playing in English conditions, “It’s an excellent opportunity for all the players selected for this tour and a really good chance to learn how to play in these conditions and improve the technical aspects of our cricket,” Sharjeel Khan told PakPassion.
Khan, who has played 11 ODIs and 11 T20 internationals for Pakistan, believes that putting up a good show on this tour can open doors for the national side, “We have three 4-day and five One-Day games and the players will really need to concentrate and put in some good performances. Simply put, if you perform well on this type of tour then you can definitely break into the senior team.”
The only centurion of Pakistan Super League, Sharjeel Khan wants to transfer all his knowledge among youngsters that are playing with him on this tour and wants to make sure that his side win.
“Obviously, the initial target is for the A team to win the matches we have scheduled here and obviously as one of the more senior players here I want to help the youngsters and ensure they also learn as much as they can from this experience. This will only benefit Pakistan cricket in the long run,” he added.
Sharjeel Khan has scored 4,542 runs in 71 games with an average of 37. He has also played 67 List A games in which he has scored 2,473 runs.
The aggressive left-handed batsman revealed that he has always strived to become a valuable test cricketer for his country, “I have a good First-Class record, averaging over 37 from 71 matches with eleven centuries and nineteen fifties.”
“So it’s definitely one of my targets to become a Test player for Pakistan but before that I want to focus on the present and perform well in these 4-day matches for Pakistan A. The main thing is for me to serve my country in whatever way possible and in any format. Ultimately it’s all about performance and doing the best for my country,” he added.
He is an attacking batsman by nature and likes to play his shots, however, he believes that his batting style needs a bit of alteration to make it suitable for the longer format of the game.
“Obviously in Twenty20s and One-Days it is necessary to play your shots as soon as you get in and without too much regard for the opposition bowling or field settings,” he stated.
“In 4-day games you have more attacking fields so you have to be a bit more careful and take your time but it’s important that I stay true to myself and remain positive. If the ball is there to be hit and in my zone then I will go for it, but if it’s a good ball I will show it the appropriate respect,” the batsman added wisely.