Junaid Khan Names Wasim Akram As His Idol

Junaid Khan Names Wasim Akram As His Idol

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Junaid Khan has been an impressive prospect for Pakistan. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Pakistani fast bowler, Junaid Khan has named former legendary pacer, Wasim Akram as his idol. On the last day of 2020, Junaid hosted a question and answer session on Twitter for his fans.

One of his fans asked him who is his idol. The left-arm pacer was quick to respond and replied, “Wasim akram hes my idol.”

Akram retired as arguably the greatest fast bowler in Pakistan’s history. He took 414 Tests wickets – most by a Pakistani bowler – and 502 ODI scalps – second highest in the world – and over 1000 first-class wickets. Akram made a deadly pair with Waqar Younis – known as the ‘Swing Kings’.

Junaid Khan Hoping To Make A Comeback To The Pakistan National Team

Junaid Khan is vying for a comeback in the Pakistan national cricket team after impressive performances in the National T20 Cup, Pakistan Super League, and the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

He last played for Pakistan in an ODI in May 2019 in the series against England after which he was dropped from Pakistan’s World Cup squad. The seamer’s last T20 appearance for the Men in Green was in 2014 — and has played nine T20Is.

Junaid Khan Names Wasim Akram As His Idol
Junaid Khan (Credits: Getty)

Junaid recently said that he is still hopeful of making a return to the national setup. Not just T20, he feels he is fit enough to play all three formats

According to a report in Dawn, Junaid Khan said, “As far as I am concerned I can still a make comeback to the Pakistan squad because I have a lot of cricket left in me. I don’t have any plan to take rest from any format.” 

Junaid Khan Names Wasim Akram As His Idol
Junaid Khan. (Credits: Twitter)

The 31-year-old has also discussed the prospect of playing in the county where he will earn more than he does now, as he has the United Kingdom nationality as well. However, Junaid wishes to serve more to Pakistan cricket which has given him an identity at the international level.

“I have a UK nationality too and I have the option of playing county cricket and earn more than what I am earning now from Pakistan’s domestic cricket. But I want to represent and serve Pakistan again as this country gives me everything and whatever I have achieved is because of Pakistan,” Junaid had said earlier.

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