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Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has expressed his desire to make his Test debut in the first Test against England at Lord’s, which begins on Thursday.
Zaman was not selected for the historic Test match against Ireland, who made their debut in the longest format.
However, he excelled in the warm-up match against Leicestershire as he scored 71 during a 121-run partnership with Azhar Ali, who proceeded to make 73.
Having impressed against Leicestershire, Zaman is hoping that he will get the opportunity to don the Test whites and make his Test debut at the ‘Home of Cricket’.
“I’m hopeful that team management gives me an opportunity but it depends on how the situation pans out,” Zaman told ESPNcricinfo as quoted by The Express Tribune. “It is a dream to play at Lord’s and I will look to perform well if selected.”
Zaman is known for being an aggressive batsman and some have questioned whether his style of play is suited to Test cricket.
However, the 28-year-old insisted that he has been preparing for a potential Test debut for the past month and is confident that he has what it takes to enjoy a successful Test career.
“I have played a lot of red-ball cricket back home so it was not difficult for me to settle in,” he said. “I had been working on my game for the longer version since last month so it felt really good that I was able to score some runs.”
Meanwhile, Zaman conceded that the younger players in the squad will have to stand up and fill the massive void left by former captain Misbah-ul-Haq and batsman Younis Khan, both of whom retired in May last year.
“The retirements of Misbah and Younis have given younger players the opportunity to step up and take the team forward but we have big shoes to fill,” he said. “Usman Salahuddin played a good knock and Saad Ali is also a good player, although he was unlucky not to get some runs.”