Ju­naid de­nies ‘ru­mours’ of switch­ing to Eng­land cricket team

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

KARACHI—Test pacer Ju­naid Khan on Satur­day ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment over ‘ru­mours’ about him con­sid­er­ing op­tions re­gard­ing switch­ing to Eng­land team af­ter be­ing re­peat­edly kept out of the na­tional side by the Pak­istan Cricket Board.

Ju­naid ad­mit­ted that he was im­mensely dis­ap­pointed at not be­ing se­lected for the up­com­ing Eng­land tour.

He, how­ever, ex­pressed dis­com­fort over the news be­ing as­so­ci­ated with him that he was con­sid­er­ing mov­ing to Eng­land and play for them. “There is no truth in any such claim,” he as­serted.

The left-arm pacer said most of his in-laws were liv­ing in Eng­land and since he was not se­lected for the na­tional Test duty so he was con­sid­er­ing op­tions to play county cricket there.

Ju­naid said Lan­cashire were in­ter­ested in sign­ing him again but he didn’t take the con­tract be­cause he was con­fi­dent that his name would be in­cluded in the Pak­istan Test squad tour­ing Eng­land.

“I don’t know what else I will have to do to make a come­back in the na­tional side, as I have al­ready per­formed well in the PSL and Pak­istan ‘A’ team,” he main­tained.

Re­cen­trly, chief se­lec­tor In­za­mam-ul-Haq said that “Ju­naid Khan was not in full rhythm”.

Re­ply­ing to this, Ju­naid said he was fully fit and fo­cused dur­ing the boot camp at PMA Kakul, adding, “where else I need to prove my fit­ness and rhythm”.—Agen­cies

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