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Pace bowler Sohail Khan has refused to give up hope when it comes to his international career, even though it has been a year since he last played for Pakistan.
Sohail shot to fame during the 2015 World Cup, where he took a five-wicket haul against India.
In that match, Sohail dismissed Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane.
While he impressed during that match, he only represented Pakistan 27 times across all three formats.
Despite this, the 34-year-old reiterated that he is still determined to make his international comeback.
“I don’t consider age an issue at all for me regarding international cricket,” he told PakPassion. “For me, it’s simply a case of being able to play on as long as my body will allow and to serve Pakistan to my fullest abilities.”
Sohail also insisted that he is not disappointed with the number of times he has played for Pakistan. Instead, he is extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to represent his country.
“I have absolutely no regrets or disappointments about not playing more cricket for Pakistan,” he said. “To be honest, it is due to the blessings of The Almighty that I have played whatever international cricket I have played so far.
“I am a firm believer in the fact that it’s always been through the blessings of The Almighty that I have represented Pakistan and that is how it will be in the future. I am very close to Inzamam-u-Haq who has taught me a lot about cricket and the amount of respect I have for him is more than I have for any other senior player. Yet, I will say that my playing in the national eleven is not in his hands but in the hands of The Almighty.
“Of course, I have a lot to learn and I am doing that every day, but I will put in my best efforts and the rest is beyond my control.”
However, Sohail admitted that he cannot understand why he has been overlooked by the national selectors, especially since he believes he has performed well in all three formats.
“Let me also add that I am excluded from the Pakistan team not due to any deficiency on my part, but strangely enough I am not included in the side despite having performed well,” he said. “I have a Test batting average of over 25, I have taken crucial wickets in Tests and also performed well in the World Cup, yet I haven’t been picked for the national side since 2016 in Tests and ODIs and last played for Pakistan in a T20I in 2017.
“But, I am not a negative thinker and I am enjoying domestic cricket and also focusing on leagues such as the PSL and the T10. My aim is to continue playing for Pakistan and I feel that even if I am given half the chances that some players have been given, I will achieve a lot more for my country than many others.”