LAHORE - Pakistan pace bowler and all-rounder Sohail Tanveer Monday vowed he would try his best to prove his selection right in the longer version of the game.
Talking to the reporters here at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) during the training camp, Tanveer said: “I have been playing in South Africa for the past three years against most of their batsmen and this experience will prove very helpful for me in this series. I will leave no stone unturned and try my level best to prove my selection right for the longer version as well.”
He said putting a Twenty20 tag on him would not be right as he had also played around 50 one-day internationals. “I had to deal with my injury issues and meanwhile, new bowlers came in and secured their places in the side. Now I am also fit and eager to confirm my place in the national side with my outstanding performance,” he stated.
To a query regarding his retirement, he said: “I am 28 right now and still have a lot of cricket left in me. If you are fit, age does not matter then. The day I feel I am not fit anymore, I myself will quit. Though Misbah is 39 years old yet for me, he is the fittest person in the national team.”
When he was reminded about his superb bowling against India when he took Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket, Tanveer said: “Sachin is the Don Bradman of Asia so it is an honour for any bowler to dismiss him and I also felt very happy when I took his wicket. The little master will not only missed by India but also the entire cricket community.”
To a query regarding second Test against South Africa, he replied: “Our team in a good form so we must go with a plan for all the South African batsmen. After losing to Zimbabwe, this Test win against South Africa is very necessary for our team. Our morale will be high in the next Test as well as in the ODIs.”
“The spinners will play a big role in Dubai and fortunately, we have a variety of world class spinners. Not only Saeed Ajmal, but also other spinners are playing their significant role which is vital for the team’s victory against the world top Test side. I hope they will take full advantage of the pitches and deliver once again not only in next Test but also in the ODI series,” he asserted. “With two new balls in ODIs, the effect of reverse-swing has been negated a little. Variations in the shorter format matter more now. The more the bowlers have variations, the more successful they are,” he added.
When asked all the fast bowlers are left-handed, he stated: “It does not matter much if all the bowlers in the squad are left-handed. If you notice, all the four fast bowlers selected are different from each other and have different variety and style.”
“After the spot-fixing scandal, we are now more disciplined, therefore, no such incident was occurred which might cause embarrassment for the country,” he concluded. Talking to the media, batsman Sohaib Maqsood said he was eager to make his mark in the upcoming five-match One-day International series against South Africa. “I am eager to deliver for the country and I will try my best to serve the country to the best of my ability.”
“I am happy that the selectors have once again put faith in me and I will try to come up their expectations and of my countrymen,” he added.
“Representing the Pakistan A against South Africa, I have learnt a lot while the experience of playing against South Africa bowlers Dale Steyn, Philander and Morkel will prove very beneficial for me. I am looking forward to show my potential against the formidable South Africa team,” he stated.
“As always, I love to attack the bowling. But can curb my stroke play if situation demands,” he remarked.
“I am mentally and physical fit and ready to take on South Africa bowling attack. I will be my ODI debut if selected in the series,” he concluded.