KARACHI - Recalled Test wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed was looking to seize this golden opportunity created by injury to Umar Akaml.
"Definitely its good luck to me that I had included in the team at last minute due to medical problem to Umar Akmal,” he said in an interview on Monday.
Sarfraz, 26-year-old, was dumped from the Pakistan team after team's disastrous tour of South Africa last season. “With performances you always needed luck. I am determined to change fortunes with good performances,” he hoped.
While rest of the team left for Harare Sunday night, Sarfraz is awaiting visa to fly out to Southern African country. He thanked the selectors for once again reposing confidence in him and he was eager and keen to cement a permanent place in the national team with fine show with the gloves and the bat.
The selectors were using Umar Akmal as batsman-cum-wicketkeeper instead of picking a regular wicketkeeper. “I am fully aware of my responsibility and looking to achieve something outstanding for the country,” he remarked.
Karachi-born Sarfraz, who represents PIA and Karachi in domestic circuit, had been selected to feature in Twenty20 Internationals and three One-day Internationals series against Zimbabwe.
Umar and Kamran's brother - Adnan Akmal will be representing Pakistan in the two Test match series.
Sarfraz’s last appearance was against South Africa in Centurion where he found the batting his form scoring 17 and 40 after except for Younus Khan and Asad Shafiq, he and his team struggled against South Africa pace trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbot.
He expressed the hope Pakistan team under Misnahul Haq and M Hafeez will maintain their winning momentum after victories in West Indies. "I am hoping to contribute notable for the team,” he concluded.