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Inzamam urges Junaid Khan to continue working hard

Inzamam urges Junaid Khan to continue working hard
Junaid Khan was left out of the Pakistan ODI squad for the series in England.
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Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has urged fast bowler Junaid Khan to continue working hard in order to make a comeback into the national side.

Khan, who last represented Pakistan against Sri Lanka in June 2015, vented his frustration at not being selected for One-Day International squad for the tour of England and Ireland.

Expressing his disappointment, Khan told DawnNews that he may consider playing for England in the future because of lack of opportunities with Pakistan.

Nevertheless, Inzamam cited the example of Umar Gul and asked Khan to continue the hard work, which according to him is the only yardstick of selection.

“Junaid should not feel disheartened and continue the hard work that he has been doing so far,” Inzamam told PakPassion.net.

‘That is the only yardstick for the selection of any player.

“If he needs an example of this idea put to practice, then he should look no further than Umar Gul, who will now be making a return to the ODI squad after an absence of almost a year.”

Gul himself is set to make a comeback into the ODI side after more than a year and Inzamam justified the selection of the 32-year-old by stating that the team needs an experienced bowler at the helm.

“It is my belief that our fast-bowling attack needs the backing of some solid experience.

“There is no substitute for game experience and in that regard, Umar Gul’s inclusion makes a lot of sense.

“Apart from his experience of bowling in tight situations against top quality opposition teams, and with a good track record to boot, I was also encouraged by the thoughts of the selectors who felt that Gul was extremely fit which is a key requirement for the ODI format.”

The Pakistan selectors have also handed a call-up to the uncapped fast bowler Hasan Ali, who, according to Inzamam has been rewarded for his impressive performances for the A team in England.

“We have included some young players like Hasan Ali to build the team for the future, and in that regard, I would like to say that he is a great prospect.

“His performance for Pakistan A in the recently concluded tour of England, where he took twenty wickets, was outstanding and so we have rewarded him with a place in the ODI squad.”

After the conclusion of the fourth Test at The Oval, Pakistan will tour Ireland to play two ODIs on 18th and 20th August before embarking on the five-match ODI series against England between 24th August and 4th September.

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