Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Young Pakistan paceman, Junaid Khan has dispelled the impression that he was less effective as the first-change bowler, adding that he was assigned a role as per the match situation. “I don’t think about my bowling position, my job is to deliver effectively for the team. Whenever the captain tosses the ball to me, I try and perform according to the plan.” said Junaid Khan while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
The left-arm fast bowler, 24, also valued his frequent interactions with the legendry fast-bowler, Wasim Akram, adding that the bowling coach, Muhammad Akram, also encouraged them to reach out to others for help. “Young bowlers are lucky to have Wasim Akram around them and we hardly let a chance goby to learn from him. Even the bowling coach doesn’t feel bad when we seek help from others, in fact, he encourages us and says, at the end of the day, it would help the Pakistan team”, said Junaid Khan.
On his performance in the Asia Cup, Junaid Khan said one bad stint isn’t enough to write-off any cricketer. “On placid wickets, the team plan for bowlers, was to contain as much as they could”, said Junaid Khan.
“Last year I was amongst the top wicket-takers, I agree that the Asia Cup wasn’t satisfactory for me, but I am looking forward to performing much better in the upcoming event”, concluded Junaid Khan, who conceded 177 runs for the solitary wicket in 31 overs he bowled in four innings of the Asia Cup.
The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif