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Zaman offers to bat in middle order for Pakistan

Opener ready to take responsibility on tour of England

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Lahore: Pakistan’s opening batsman Fakhar Zaman said on Thursday that he was ready to bat in the middle order as he was ready to take up responsibility according to planning of the team management during the tour of England.

“In domestic tournaments, I have batted in the middle order and it all depends on the team management which responsibility they want to assign me, no matter in the role of an opener or a middle order batsman,” he said after a training session for the build-up of the team for the tour of England at the Gaddafi Stadium.

He said it would be his utmost desire to play aggressive cricket in the Test matches as he is ready to perform as an opener or if given chance in middle order, he will try to rise to the occasion.

Answering a question he said his top priority is to play cricket for Pakistan and to make best use of his cricket talent and skills to enhance team’s performance.

He said he is following the strategy and training of the team management at the training camp and also learning from the experience of his seniors by getting useful tips from them.

“It is always a dream of player to play the Test cricket and I will definitely be there to be a useful part of the team in the longest version of the team,” said the opening batsman.

He said Pakistan Super League was a big way of learning for him and he learnt a lot from pace bowlers who were part of the League.

“I have played in England (Champions trophy last summer) and I know the conditions there and I will be aiming to showcase my talent and technique to justify my inclusion in the team,” said Fakhar.

“I am very excited as I have yet to play Test cricket as I have played one day and T20 from Pakistan and definitely playing Test cricket will be a memorable moment of my career,” he said adding “My aim is to play my natural game to benefit the team from my batting.”

To a question he said his performance in the domestic four-day matches was quite good which was also considered for his selection in the Test team.

He rejected a questioner that he was a hard hitting batsman and he does not deserve a place in the Test team. “Everyone has his own opinion and I don’t agree to them, what is important for me is live up to the expectations of the selectors and the team management with quality batting,” he added.

Fakhar set aside the fears of facing English pace battery saying, “I want to bat according to need of the hour, keeping in view the English conditions to play the ball late and I have the necessary temperament to cope with all the circumstances to perform to a high level.”

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