Srinagar, July 8: Pakistan left arm pacer Junaid Khan who has been out of Pakistan team for quite some time now has reminded again PCB selectors of his worth by pointing out that he is still far better than the bowlers PCB picked up for England tour.
Junaid, who last played a Test for Pakistan five years ago and last T20I six years ago, was part of the ODI setup until mid-2019 when he fared badly in a pre-World Cup series against England and was dropped in favour of Mohammad Amir.
For being dropped, Junaid Khan protested by posting a Tweet with his pic. He shortly deleted the Tweet but the selectors have turned a blind eye towards him, refusing each plea.
Now in an interview given to Daily Express in Pakistan media Junaid Khan has said that his strike is better than PCB picked up for England tour barring Mohammad Abbass .
“Muhammad Musa is young and does not have the experience of English conditions, and that too is why performing there will not be easy [for him],” Junaid said.
“Despite my greater experience [than these bowlers] I was ignored for the England tour, which has disappointed me a lot. Of all the bowlers currently picked no one has a better strike rate than me, barring Mohammad Abbas, ” He pointed out.
About his experience in English conditions he said, “I toured England with the U-19 team, did brilliantly in the Champions Trophy, played county cricket for six years and am Lancashire’s most successful overseas bowler after James Faulkner – still I was not selected”.
The left atm. Pacer accused the PCB of favouring fellow cricketer Mohammad Amir over him.
“I am not jealous of Mohammad Amir but the management retained him for 15-16 ODIs despite his subpar showings,” he said.
“I was not as lucky. I was dropped after just two matches.”