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Pakistan pace bowler Faheem Ashraf has revealed that he is eager to represent his country in all three formats of the game.
Ashraf has played eight ODIs and 10 Twenty20 Internationals thus far, taking seven wickets at an average of 36.85 and 11 wickets at an average of 16.90 respectively.
However, while he has not played Test cricket to date, all that could change as early as next month as he has been included in Pakistan’s Test squad for the upcoming tours of Ireland and England.
“It’s the dream of every cricketer to play for your country at the Test level, which is the ultimate challenge,” Ashraf was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. “I am extremely happy to be selected in the Test squad.
“The goal is to cement my place permanently in all three formats of the game through consistent performances. I believe, to survive in all three formats, you need physical fitness and consistent form and I know that is the secret to success, which is why I am training hard.”
The 24-year-old also believes that he won’t have a tough time adjusting to the longest format as he has played 34 first-class matches.
“I’ve played four-day cricket before, so I don’t think it will be hard to adjust to the longest format of the game,” he said.
When asked how his side will deal with the conditions in England, Ashraf said: “The ground staff prepared pitches for us which gave us a feel of the conditions as close as possible to what we will have in England.
“We will have also have practice matches, which will help us acclimatise with the English conditions.”