Pakistan discards left-arm paceman Sohail Tanvir said he was advised continuous hard work by none other than former West Indian great Viv Richards and not being selected in the national team has left him frustrated.
The 34-year-old has been the best bowler in the Caribbean Premier League for the last two years and is one of the most expensive buys in the West Indies league, also ended up as the best bowler in the T10 league held in UAE in December last year.
The Rawalpindi born paceman bowled a match-changing penultimate over for Multan Sultans against Peshawar Zalmi, helping them to a 19-run win with a burst of 3-14 in his four overs.
But not being able to get a place in the Pakistan team is hurting Tanvir. Richards asked Tanvir why he was not in the Pakistan team and advised him to work hard.
“I don’t want to mention his words but the way he motivated me, he was like you have to keep working. It’s a simple theory: you have to keep up the hard work. That is a big inspiration for me,” Tanvir told media after the match.
“I have no answer to the question, why I am not in the team. My job is to perform. I don’t know, I have no answer. My aim is to deliver, and that I’ll continue to do. The rest is in the authorities’ hand, whatever they wish to do.”
Tanvir was left out of Pakistan team after the West Indies tour last year. He managed just two wickets in three Twenty20 internationals, the last in Port of Spain where Pakistan lost the match.
Tanvir said he was left frustrated at the snub.
“There’s a lot of frustration, it happens. I don’t speak about it in the media but definitely, there’s a lot of frustration. As a player, when you’re doing good then you’re doing good around the world, but somehow or the other, you are not able to play for your country.”
Tanvir accepted it was hard to keep the motivation going.
“It is extremely challenging to motivate oneself during situations like this. When it’s a brief time period, motivating oneself is easier, but when it keeps dragging on and on, it becomes more difficult.