Pakistan fast bowler Ehsan Adil has expressed his disappointment at not being picked in the draft for the 3rd edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) scheduled to be played in February 2018. Making his international debut four years ago against South Africa his career has been marred with injuries which haven’t allowed him to play more than 3 Tests and 6 ODI’s for the national team till now.
“I would have loved to have played in the PSL but unfortunately, I wasn’t picked in the draft which is heart-breaking,” Adil was quoted as saying by PakPassion.Net. Adil had a great start to his U-19 career but then things didn’t fall into place. He conceded the fact that he has always given highest quality performances but luck hasn’t been on his side as he has already suffered few injuries in his brief career so far.
“Of course, there was a little bit of bad luck as I had a few injuries. The injury I sustained in 2013 during my debut at the Centurion Test against South Africa kept me out of cricket for a long while and then I sustained another injury before the ODI series against Bangladesh in 2015 which was also very disappointing,” he said.
“I was sent on a tour to Zimbabwe with Pakistan A where I played three ODIs and took six wickets. But then I later suffered a stress fracture and I was back to where I started with the whole year being spent trying to regain fitness,” he added. He further stated that not being picked for the important tour of England in 2016 disheartened him.
“If I was affected by anything, it was due to the fact that I was not picked for the all-important tour of England in 2016. Being ignored for that tour really disheartened me, especially when I was told by a lot of people that a seamer like me would be ideal for English conditions,” he added
He revealed the fact that following the England tour he had hoped of regaining his place back in the Pakistan team for the West Indies tour but was overlooked in favour of players who performed well in England.
“I need to look ahead and work hard to get myself noticed by the selectors for future series,” he said.
The right-arm fast bowler said that he has not got down on his pace but wants to keep on working on increasing his speed.
“I was bowling up to 144kph in the 2015 World Cup and I do believe that I average around the 140kph mark. What I want to do now, based upon advice I have received from various coaches, is to increase that speed a little more as there is room for improvement due to the type of action I have.”
“I am trying to put a little more effort in my bowling to increase my speed, but I suppose fear of injury or a repeat of that stress fracture is a slight concern, so I need to be careful here,” he added.
The fast bowler is optimistic about making a return to the Pakistan team and he feels that hard work will definitely help him achieve the feat. “All I want to do then is to bowl my best and take wickets and who knows a good performance could get me that opportunity to represent Pakistan again,” he said.