Pakistan lanky fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan in his latest video statement revealed he had received an offer from the United States-based basketball team. However, the 31-year-old bowler added he wants to serve his country as a professional.
Interestingly, in his video capsule, Irfan made it clear by saying the precedence has been for his country.
“What I am today is because of Pakistan. I want to play only for Pakistan and that has been my dream when I was young,” Irfan said in a 17-second video accessed by The News.
The video statement has been recorded during the recently concluded Departmental One-day Cup at the United Bank Limited Sports Complex in Karachi.
The seven-feet one Irfan remarked that he is bound to represent his national and do his best during his top-flight cricket in particular.
“Pakistan is my first choice and I will keep on playing for my country,” Irfan maintained.
Moreover, the offer has come from the Basketball Federation of the US.
“They told me that they want a tall player; that is why they had contacted me,” Irfan observed over his offer.
Irfan was representing Salman Butt-led Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) which saw him bagging 11 scalps in eight matches during the 2017-18 Departmental One-day Cup.
However, the final was won by the United Bank-led by six wickets and seven overs to spare under the leadership of Younis Khan.
However, Irfan had already shown the interest for the basketball while remarking he had cherished the time when he was playing the basketball back home.
Surprisingly, Irfan stated it had been the solid reason for his fitness even being the tallest cricketer across the globe.
Irfan who is eyeing to make a comeback in the national fold reiterated he has been giving his best – to maintain his body and aimed to travel the US while considering fitness.
“I am performing with my full capacity and I hope that soon I will make a comeback,” Irfan added.
After being the part of Misbah-Ul-Haq-led Islamabad United for the first two editions, Irfan will now represent Multan Sultans which is eventually become the sixth team overall in the professional domestic T20 league.
“I am really excited. I am now part of my home team, Multan. It’s like dream come true,” Irfan concluded.
Following the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Irfan was handed over a six-month ban for failing to report the approach from the suspected bookies to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
Irfan made his international debut in 2010 against England at Chester-le-Street which subsequently saw him featuring in 60 ODIs, 20 T20Is and four Tests.
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