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Pakistan bowling all-rounder Shadab Khan has revealed that he is determined to become the top-ranked bowler in limited overs cricket by excelling during the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.
Shadab is currently ranked second on the list for Twenty20 International bowlers and will be looking to have a lot of success with the ball during the T20 tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia, which begins on July 1.
As for ODIs, he sits in 54th place, but a strong showing in the five-match series against Zimbabwe would see him rocket up the standings.
“I will be aiming to showcase my spin talent in the best possible way during these two events to claim world number one bowling status,” the 19-year-old was quoted as saying by The Nation.
Shadab starred with the bat during the two-Test series against England as he scored 112 runs, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 37.33.
Having struck three fifties in both Tests and ODIs, Shadab admitted that he is willing to bat at any position.
“I can bat at any number in the batting order according to the need of the team as it is imperative for a player to adjust himself in the batting order in different situations,” he said.
With Pakistan’s go-to spinner Yasir Shah returning from an injury for the Zimbabwe tour, Shadab insists that he is not concerned about his place in the team.
He added that he isn’t worried about potentially being left out of Pakistan’s squad for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
“It depends on the luck and superior performance who will be playing next year’s ODI World Cup,” he said. “Yasir is an outstanding spinner and a match winning bowler and I always pray for his success and the entire team.
“It is my prayer and desire for him that he may perform in a way in the short versions of the game, which he mostly does in Test cricket.”