Flexible to Play at Any Position for Pakistan, says Test Ready Fakhar Zaman

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman says he is ready to bat at any position in Tests. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

One of the finest product of PSL which gave an international star in Fakhar Zaman suggested he’s ready to bat at any position in the Pakistani Test team which tours England and Ireland in coming days.

Zaman, who rose to sensation in Pakistan with his ton against arch-rivals India at the Champions Trophy, is now being tried out at the longest format of the game, exactly one year since he made his debut for Pakistan.

Trent Boult, Dunedin, New Zealand Vs Pakistan,
Trent Boult is banking on his strength with the ball. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

After his run-scoring spree at the Champions Trophy in England, Zaman hit a bad patch in the subsequent bilateral series.

However, the explosive southpaw got his rhythm back in the recently concluded PSL. Also, Zaman registered a substantial amount of runs in the home series against West Indies.

I am ready to bat at any number for the team’s cause. As a professional, it is our duty to play according to the circumstances. I will try my best to do justice no matter where I play,” Fakhar Zaman told Daily Times.

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Zaman is encouraged into the whites for Pakistan due to their opening woes in red ball cricket. Also, the left-hander has the record to show for in domestic four-day cricket.

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Zaman posted 114 off 106 deliveries, as his knock included 12 boundaries and three maximums. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Test cricket is a different format. I believe I am suited to playing in the longest format of the game.I have a good record in four-day cricket, which is why I believe I will be a good addition to the team,” Zaman remained optimistic.

Don’t think I will have any problems adjusting in Eng: Fakhar Zaman

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However, Zaman, when asked about his preparations in England, backed his hard work in training to cope up with the challenging conditions abroad.

Even Virat Kohli has found it difficult to cope with the moving ball of Anderson in England.

Conditions in England are different. The ball doesn’t come on to the bat easily. Players have to make some adjustments and I’ve trained hard in the camp to overcome any difficulties there,” continued the defence personnel of Pakistan.

Flexible to Play at Any Position for Pakistan, says Test Ready Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman was picked after Ahmed Shehzad failed to provide the early impetus in Pakistan’s first game of the ICC Champions Trophy: Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moreover, the Lahore Qalandar opener must have good memories of the Oval where he single-handedly took India’s bowling apart. Therefore, the challenge at England must be exciting for the 28-year old.

I’ve played in England already. Even though it was in the 50-over format. But I believe that experience will help me immensely. I don’t think I will have any problems adjusting there,” Zaman added.

When asked about Pakistan’s chances on the tour of England and Ireland, Fakhar Zaman replied,

Our bowling line-up is pretty strong and I believe we can put up a tough fight.

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