Pakistan in Bangladesh 2011-12 November 25, 2011

I have unfinished business - Mohammad Khalil

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Khalil, the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited left-arm seamer who was called up to Pakistan's squad for the tour of Bangladesh, has said he is looking forward to getting down to 'unfinished business'.

"I'm just so excited at my recall," Khalil, 29, told "It's been a long six years since I last played for Pakistan and I'm so pleased to be back in the international reckoning. It was in my heart to play for my country again as I felt that I have unfinished business to complete."

Khalil last played for Pakistan in 2005, against India in Kolkata, and got the call-up after Junaid Khan picked up an abdominal strain during the one-day series against Sri Lanka in the UAE. Khalil's form in the ongoing domestic first-class tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy - he's currently at the top of the wicket-takers' table, averaging 17.68 - prompted his inclusion in the squad. He put up a strong showing last season as well, finishing the third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

"I've not changed anything technically with my bowling, I'd put my good form down to being a more rounded and experienced bowler these days," Khalil said. "When you have done the hard yards in Pakistani domestic cricket, there isn't much left to learn as a quick bowler. I've just started this season where I left last time around."

A stint playing cricket in England helped, he said. "In between [the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons] I went to England to play league cricket in Staffordshire, which was a very useful experience. I came back to Pakistan ready and confident for the new season. My performance this season is there in front of everyone and I'm delighted at my form."

Pakistan, he said, would not take Bangladesh lightly. "In international cricket you cannot write anyone off. It would be foolish to underestimate Bangladesh especially in their home conditions.

"The Bangladeshis are international cricketers and they, like us, take great pride in their performances. If I'm given a chance [in the playing XI] I won't let anyone down and I am very keen to impress my team-mates, the coach and the selectors."

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  • AJ1711 on November 28, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    TO CHAIRMAN PCB, The national Selectors should be able to move Usman Salahuddin to a club in domestic first division. And they should be able to get Hammad Azzam to a club where he bowls more. This understanding should be created among domestic clubs and PCB that young talents who are just knocking at national teams doors, should be adjusted in domestic setup, so that they get more exposure and hard oppositions.There are 4-5 young players who should be adjusted in this manner. (2) PCB should arrange 3 times as many A-team tours as now because our youngesters dont get those tour matches which touring teams normally play in host countries. Our talent is not getting due exposure because of no home series. I think, other boards will honour this plea.

  • dummy4fb on November 27, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    gr8 o see yu khalli.,this is the brite chance for yu.

  • abdulsamad14 on November 26, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Can i just say- i think the selectoers know what they are doing :) every player has a prime, mabye this saddaf needs to wait for a while :P i personaly think we have a VERY strong squad, good bowling and batting. Personaly i think we have a good blend of old and young players :P not to be argumentative- just sayin:P

  • drsaadxb on November 26, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Its good to see Khalil / Cheema/ Talha in the squad. Its great to see to see new / fresh faces in the team. But my disappointment is to see persistence with old / used / lethargic horses such as Razaq / Malik. What is the obligation to persist with these two..?. If the doors are open to new bowlers, why new allrounders such as Hamad , and Iam sure there are many others in the waiting too, are overlooked .....Iam sure SL series was a good litmus test to discard these two for good, we all know that they have out lived there usefullness.......

  • dummy4fb on November 26, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    This Guy has been given a chance in the past but not showed impressive performance but still geting a chance in National squad Selectors should try Saddaf a new talented bowler.

  • dummy4fb on November 26, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Why are selectors ignoring hammad azam for ODI & T20?.

  • dummy4fb on November 26, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Why are selectors ignoring Sadaf Hussain ?

  • fazaian on November 26, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    best of luck Khalil. Some people are talking about sadaf. but they should remember that he plays from Rawalpindi and in recent domestic tournament he played his mostly matches in pindi ground which is a green top. Khalil travelled all over Pakistan for all these wickets. This shows the variety of the bowler who is taking wickets on every type of wickets. Good luck Khalil for the up coming tour for Bangladesh.

  • dummy4fb on November 26, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Good Luck Khalil, show what you have got this is your chance!

  • SRT_GENIUS on November 26, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    Why are selectors ignoring Sadaf Hussain ? He is young & looks talented. His 1st class career bowling avg is 16. 133 wickets from just 24 matches. What's the wait for ?

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