Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: It is said that “fortune knocks once at every man’s door“, but in Khurram Manzoor’s case it’s the second time around. First, when he made his international debut in 2008 and now when he has been recalled after a long time to represent the national team again.
Pakistan Cricket selectors announced a 15-member bunch for the Asia Cup and World T20 Cup and Khurram Manzoor’s name caught the most of attention as he has not played a T20 international match as yet, however, the 29-year old opener shrugs the criticism and vows to carry forward his good form.
“What if I have not played a T20i, there is always a first time for everything. In view of my recent performance I am confident of performing well upon getting an opportunity”, mentioned Khurram Manzoor while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
“I am not playing cricket for the first time”, stressed Manzoor
Recalling his recent record, the Karachi-based top-order batsman was of the view that he had earned a slot, in the national squad, through sheer hard work.
“I have earned a place after scoring eight hundreds in the last 13 domestic one-day games along with the domestic T20 performance. I was also amongst the runs during the recent series against England Lions in UAE.”, added Manzoor, who made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in February 2008.
The Asia Cup is scheduled to begin in Bangladesh from February 19 to March 6 where Pakistan will face the arch-rival, India on February 27. In the World T20 cup, scheduled in India from March 8 to April 3, Pakistan will lock horns with India on March 19th.
Khurram Manzoor expressed the desire to play against the arch-rivals. “I want to play against India and if I get a chance I will try not to let the opportunity goby”, concluded Khurram Manzoor, who has scored 1834 runs in 68 T20 games with two centuries.
The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif