Pakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan believes that he hasn’t been bowling very well in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), but insisted that he is taking steps in the right direction.
Junaid, who is representing the Multan Sultans, is hoping to use the PSL as a stepping stone to regain his spot in the Pakistan team as he has not played international cricket since November last year.
In the PSL, he has taken eight wickets in six matches at an average of 24.
Prior to the PSL, he featured in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), where he played for the Khulna Titans and claimed 11 wickets in seven games at an average of 19.81.
With Pakistan set to play a five-match ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates later this month and then tour England for a one-off Twenty20 International and a five-match ODI series in May, Junaid knows that if he is picked and performs in both series, he has a chance of being selected in Pakistan’s World Cup squad.
“I can’t say that I have performed very well so far, but my bowling has been improving with every passing day,” he told The Nation. “I am working very hard to win back my place in the national team.
“I was unlucky to get injured and had to sit out. The competition for places in the national team is very tough but I am sure that the selectors are watching not only me but others as well.
“My record in the UAE and England is very impressive. If [I am] given a chance to play for the national team, I will prove my worth and spearhead Pakistan’s fast bowling department and provide the team that cutting-edge [component it] is missing.”