Players ready to take on English challenge, say openers duo
LAHORE—Opening pair of the Pakistan Cricket probable, Shaan Masood and Sami Aslam termed the tour of England “challenging”, saying all the players are ready to take on this challenge in a professional manner.
“The players are working hard at a skill training camp under scorching heat defying hot weather conditions while going through extensive training which will help them to come up with good performance to take the English challenge in a way to live up to expectations,” they told media here on Thursday at Gadaffi stadium after a training session of the camp for England tour.
“It is going to be a tough tour but team can achieve good results if all the players play to their full potential setting aside pressure and other allied factors,” they said.
Shaan and Sami were of the view that players fitness level has improved to a significant level after attending a physical training camp at Abbottabad under the supervision of Pakistan army instructors.
“At skill camp we are getting the feeling and flavor of English wickets by practicing on grassy wickets and playing with English cricket balls,” they said adding “We are confident to give tough time to English side in the test matches.”
The opening pair said it is not a fair trial to determine the performance of a player by analyzing his performance in few matches and he should be given a fair amount of deal before making a decision regarding his future in the game.
“Our team will be playing as many as 11 test matches in next seven months and if selected, we will be putting up our best to show consistency and to play our role in teams success,” they said adding “We are learning with each passing day by working on our mistakes and to adopt a culture of making lesser mistakes during a match which is only possible to remain calm and to play without going down to pressure.”
They vowed to be seen in a new role of opening pair during the test series against England by playing productive knocks.
“Definitely the young players will be under pressure to perform on English wickets and we believe that they are fully prepared to face pressure situations during the matches.”
Shaan said he has played three matches at university level in England but the level of international cricket is far superior than university level games and he will be aiming to display best of his batting ability and prowess to justify his selection.
Sami said he has the experience of touring Pak U19 team to England and Australia and if selected, he will utilize his experience for good batting display. —APP
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