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Pakistan batsman Shan Masood believes his consistent performances on the domestic circuit and never-give-up attitude and mentality are the reasons why he was included in national team for the five-match ODI series against Australia.
Masood is set to make his ODI debut on Friday in Sharjah and will be heading into the series after featuring for the Multan Sultans in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL).
In the four games he played, Masood scored 112 runs at an average of 28 and a strike-rate of 138.27.
“I was hoping that I would get a chance in the Asia Cup,” the 29-year-old told the Pakistan Cricket Board’s website. “But anything can happen at any time but again everything happens for a reason. The reason why it did not happen in the Asia Cup or in the South Africa series because, probably, I would be getting a chance against Australia so I am very excited.
“I think that’s important because what it shows is that performances in the domestic season get importance. It shows that those guys who are dropped from the national side they have an opportunity to perform in domestic cricket.
“I was dropped from the Test team. I was never in the ODI team I went back and scored runs in one day cricket and I got rewarded for that and I am very excited.”
With the World Cup right around the corner, Masood is hoping to excel in the Australia series in order boost his chances of getting picked for the quadrennial tournament.
“I think there is high competition for the World Cup,” he said. “I am fortunate that I am picked for the Australia series and hopefully I will be getting a chance. Everything is up to me how well I do in this particular series.
“There is a very good competition for places, there are a few open spots and that’s why some players have been rested. So its a great opportunity so I will hopefully take this opportunity and things in my hands.”
Meanwhile, Masood conceded that beating Australia will be no easy feat, especially as they are coming into the series after an impressive 3-2 win over India.
“This isn’t a typical Australian side from before. It is with a new management and a new set up with a new culture,” he said. “They have taken their time as we saw when they came for the Test series here they weren’t as good as they are now. They went back and made some changes, they have made changes in the system and have come back strongly.
“To beat India in India is probably one of the most phenomenal achievements in a bilateral series. We are not going to take them lightly at all. A lot of things are also at stake for us, places for World Cup up for grabs, and playing against this Australia side there will be no better opportunity to perform as a team and individually, so its a great opportunity.”