Play­ers ready to take on English challenge, say open­ers duo

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pres­i­dent Alpine Club of Pak­istan Col (R) Man­zoor Hus­sain along with French moun­tain ex­per­tise Dr. Philippe Arvis ad­dress­ing joint press brief­ing of Pak-French Ex­pe­di­tion Gasher­brum-II (8035-M) at Sports Com­plex.—APP

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