Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 1st day October 18, 2011

Junaid aims to fill void left by Amir

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Junaid Khan, the Pakistan left-arm seamer, who picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in international cricket on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, has said he is keen on filling the void left by Mohammad Amir, who hasn't played for Pakistan since the spot-fixing controversy broke out last year. Junaid, 21, who plays for Abbottabad on Pakistan's domestic circuit, grabbed 5 for 38 to bowl out Sri Lanka for 197 in conditions favourable for batting and put his team in control.

"I will do my best to fill the void and do as well as my team needs," Junaid said after the day's play. I am delighted with my effort but all the bowlers did well, no one man can get a team out."

His wickets included the two Jayawardenes: Mahela was caught stabbing to slip while Prasanna was cleaned up by a superb yorker. There was a bit of assistance from the track, Junaid said. "There was a little bit of seam early but otherwise, I used the yorker and mixed the bowling up. It's pleasing to get them out for a low score."

Junaid has toured with Pakistan's youth teams and also played for Lancashire. He was grateful to some of Pakistan's fast-bowling greats, whose guidance he's received and benefitted from. "I am quite lucky that way. During the [2011] World Cup, there was Aaqib Javed and Waqar, and alongside them Wasim also gave tips on how to bowl. I started playing cricket only after watching Imran.

"When I went to Lancashire, Wasim used to call me and tell me how to bowl, how to use the conditions," Khan said. "That stint was very helpful. There I learnt how to seam, how to swing the ball, how to bowl a yorker."

Angelo Mathews, who top-scored with 52 for Sri Lanka, said the track was a good one for batting and admitted Sri Lanka batted poorly. "We lost our way in the second session, the batsmen did not bat well," he said. "The second session made a huge difference where we lost about six wickets in four-five overs.

"It was a pretty good batting wicket. Whoever hits the wicket hard had a bit off a nip off the wicket. All in all it was a very good wicket, Khan did hit the deck hard and got the reward."

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  • on October 19, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    @Arif Amjad: Isn't is great to split the laurels among the bowlers? No one doubts that Amir was a prodigy and Asif a veritable magician . Junaid has shown that discipline and perseverance can pay too. Besides, from the status quo, Amir and Asif are history, sad though it is! @truth1: That's great news! We have been wanting to see Sadaf in the national team ever since watching him bowl on youtube. The selectors can't ignore him forever.

  • on October 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Offcourse the left armer has the ability to play at international circuit, and perform similary as Amir was doing. But it all depends upon PCB how he treat him and provide the maximum opportunities to groom himself. Anyway he proves his position in this match. Let's pressure is building on Wahab Riaz how he handles the Junaid pressure. I think it will be a good competition.

  • DINESHCC on October 19, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    ANOTHER GOOD PROSPECT FROM PAKISTAN. BUT WHETHER THE PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD WILL ALLOW HIM TO PLAY FOR PAKISTAN FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 10 YEARS.

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on October 19, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Amir was a natural beauty... He was God gifted skilled bowler, and Junaid is less skilled but hard working guy as compare to amir. Junaid can't bowl deliveries like Amir but he is good alternative until Amir came back.

  • Vilander on October 19, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    swings it late bowls around 135 ks slower than Amir but lethal. being an indian i would like to understand how on earth does pak produce fast swing bowlers in such numbers, please cant take it anymore.

  • on October 19, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Yes i agreed this guy looks honest and good luck Junaid Khan

  • AmjadZork on October 19, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    @ chilled_avenger - well said... why should we give such a hype to a player like Amir who got into a controversy by leaving his country behind for something else. I would rather prefer Junaid Khan in the team than Amir after all that he has done. Junaid Khan is a good prospect & if he works hard he can take over Amir soon.

  • on October 19, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Aamir was a good bowler there is no doubt....but if Junaid keeps on hard working then he surely have the potential to pass even Aamir.....hoping to see that day soon.....I will also have to remind that the command of Pakistani pace attack is still with Umar Gul.....one shouldn't ignore he contribution too

  • Haleos on October 19, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    @Qasim Shabbir - very well said. That would be a dream team and a world beater. Bet they can defeat any team on any surface any time. Always admired Wasim n Waqar. You have ur share of gr88 batsman as well. Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miaded etc. Not to forget the gr88 allrounder Imran. Its sad we have to two different teams.

  • on October 19, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @ Mustafa Pasha i request that u should look at the brighter side of things that the boy stood up and performed like a man and watching Imran Khan is not a big thing u turn on any tv channel that shows cricket you'll see Imran eventually and back then the National tv aired the '92 world cup countless times so no need of being skeptical, support the team and Junaid Khan

  • on October 19, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    @Arif Amjad: Isn't is great to split the laurels among the bowlers? No one doubts that Amir was a prodigy and Asif a veritable magician . Junaid has shown that discipline and perseverance can pay too. Besides, from the status quo, Amir and Asif are history, sad though it is! @truth1: That's great news! We have been wanting to see Sadaf in the national team ever since watching him bowl on youtube. The selectors can't ignore him forever.

  • on October 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Offcourse the left armer has the ability to play at international circuit, and perform similary as Amir was doing. But it all depends upon PCB how he treat him and provide the maximum opportunities to groom himself. Anyway he proves his position in this match. Let's pressure is building on Wahab Riaz how he handles the Junaid pressure. I think it will be a good competition.

  • DINESHCC on October 19, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    ANOTHER GOOD PROSPECT FROM PAKISTAN. BUT WHETHER THE PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD WILL ALLOW HIM TO PLAY FOR PAKISTAN FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 10 YEARS.

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on October 19, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Amir was a natural beauty... He was God gifted skilled bowler, and Junaid is less skilled but hard working guy as compare to amir. Junaid can't bowl deliveries like Amir but he is good alternative until Amir came back.

  • Vilander on October 19, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    swings it late bowls around 135 ks slower than Amir but lethal. being an indian i would like to understand how on earth does pak produce fast swing bowlers in such numbers, please cant take it anymore.

  • on October 19, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Yes i agreed this guy looks honest and good luck Junaid Khan

  • AmjadZork on October 19, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    @ chilled_avenger - well said... why should we give such a hype to a player like Amir who got into a controversy by leaving his country behind for something else. I would rather prefer Junaid Khan in the team than Amir after all that he has done. Junaid Khan is a good prospect & if he works hard he can take over Amir soon.

  • on October 19, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Aamir was a good bowler there is no doubt....but if Junaid keeps on hard working then he surely have the potential to pass even Aamir.....hoping to see that day soon.....I will also have to remind that the command of Pakistani pace attack is still with Umar Gul.....one shouldn't ignore he contribution too

  • Haleos on October 19, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    @Qasim Shabbir - very well said. That would be a dream team and a world beater. Bet they can defeat any team on any surface any time. Always admired Wasim n Waqar. You have ur share of gr88 batsman as well. Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miaded etc. Not to forget the gr88 allrounder Imran. Its sad we have to two different teams.

  • on October 19, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @ Mustafa Pasha i request that u should look at the brighter side of things that the boy stood up and performed like a man and watching Imran Khan is not a big thing u turn on any tv channel that shows cricket you'll see Imran eventually and back then the National tv aired the '92 world cup countless times so no need of being skeptical, support the team and Junaid Khan

  • Haleos on October 19, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    @Kyle_Jones235 - Dilshan should open the innings. he is the sehwag of SL. if he stays till lunch, SL will have over 150 on board provided he plays like the way he does and not take pressure. Good luck SL. Its gonna be difficult but they can still win this.

  • Haleos on October 19, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - agreed. This guy looks honest unlike Ameer.

  • Haleos on October 19, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Good luck Juniad. Dont go Ameers way though.

  • on October 19, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    This guy is a hard-working lad. Amir and Asif were God-gifted geniuses when it came to bowling... Pity they got involved in all that :(

  • on October 19, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    awesome ..... great use of mind in the bowling from this youngster .... may be the gona be a star bowler

  • chilled_avenger on October 19, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Why are the fans treating Aamer as if he was the best bowler in the world when that controversy happened! He was still a work in progress.He may had potential but still people treated him as if he have already proved hi mettle!So please,don't give him unnecessary hype. On the other hand,Junaid looks like a good prospect,let him be himself and bowl to his potential,if he works hard he will surely prove himself! And that's coming from an Indian guy...........

  • Kyle_Jones235 on October 19, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    What is happening to Sl cricket? Pakistan bowled well but on the major part we have just been playing terrible cricket of late. If Sanga and Mahela don't fire, the team is hopeless, Mathews can't do much by himself...

    I don't think selection is the key here, not at least in the batting department, we just need to get out of this bad patch of form, at least I am hoping it is a bad patch. Sri Lanka's batsmen are too experienced and have too much class to make consistent rookie mistakes like this...

  • smartguy786 on October 19, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    well done junaid. follow the foot steps of amir but not on the wrong things we did

  • anver777 on October 19, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Well bowled Junaid !!! a hostile spell by the youngster...he completely dominated the proceedings on the 1st day.. A bright future ahead !!!!

  • on October 19, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    im really glad that junaid khan had his breakthrough performance and picked up a 5fer on a dead wicket but this line is dodgy "I started playing cricket only after watching Imran." if he is 21 as the article claims then the last time he could have seen imran khan playing live was when he was 2 years old!

    i grew up in Pakistan in the 90s and was 8 years old when we won the world cup in 92. while imran khan was a revered figure our real heros were wasim and waqar...that was the bowling we grew up on...aaah the glory days

  • on October 19, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Amir is the best one forever... than junaid.. But he did well... let's see..

  • Aniruddha1977 on October 19, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    Junaid's performance should open the eye's of Mohd Amir. Pakistan has always had a factory line for fast bowlers and if someone doesnt grab the opportunities the next one will. Being an India I am once again amazed to see another fast bowler from Pakistan doing well.

  • johnathonjosephs on October 19, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    He serious? Have been watching English domestic cricket and have seen Junaid Khan and he is nowhere near Amir. To be honest, I was surprised he was even put on the team..... Pretty depressing for Sri Lanka though, they seem to be in a rut of bad form

  • nzcricket174 on October 19, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    he showed great discipline can make you a good bowler, not just magic.

  • smudgeon on October 19, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Well said Junaid, good to see him using his brain and trying to find a way to work batsmen out in unhelpful conditions, instead of so many young bowlers who try to just blast them out. Also really good to hear Wasim still takes such an active role in developing new Pakistani bowlers - no wonder they keep churning out excellent quicks!

  • on October 19, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    junaid you are good at what you do but amir was the master

  • maddy20 on October 19, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Have sen this guy bowl today and the ball was reversing as early as 30th over which is incredible! I had the same feeling as itzbhushan. While Aamiir relies more on angle of delivery and kind of swings the ball, this guy is lethally accurate. If PCB does not foul up, he is a great find for you guys. There were seemingly no demons in the pitch and I for one would not be surprised if SL is defeated by an innings and some hefty margin. Their strength was batting and their batters have let them down!

  • Andrabi10 on October 18, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    haha no need to have high aims like this i hope you will be as good as him but thats nothing to say out loud but im sure you will but it is going to take you time

  • lanka-is-the-best on October 18, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Great bowling from pakistan and from young junaid, who had a great spell today. Shame it had to be against us though :) I think that he has the potential to become one of the best. Lets hope for some more good cricket tommorow.

  • riz8663 on October 18, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    @ all those who said he cant be like Mohammad Amir, I would beg him not to be like Amir other wise he will tread down the same path of controversy, don't try to become rich too soon, fame and money will come on its own.

  • on October 18, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Great bowling great start. Well done boys!

  • on October 18, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    @Arif Amjad: Isn't is great to split the laurels among the bowlers? No one doubts that Amir was a prodigy and Asif a veritable magician . Junaid has shown that discipline and perseverance can pay too. Besides, from the status quo, Amir and Asif are history, sad though it is! @truth1: That's great news! We have been wanting to see Sadaf in the national team ever since watching him bowl on youtube. The selectors can't ignore him forever.

  • Okasha on October 18, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    He can't become amir but he can become a great bowler and as far as Sadaf Hussain concerned i have seen him bowling his action is same as Zaheer khan and he is a tall guy He had 103 first-class wickets in 20 games...amazing stats....Junaid is a good bowler though,he can replace amir but he has to work hard and interesting to see him bowling in English conditions...against Ireland in Ireland he bowled beautifully and took 4-12 in 1st ODI...

  • honestno2 on October 18, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    He cant be Aamir........but he can be Junaid....... :) Go dude....do !!!

  • truth1 on October 18, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    just when I was reading this news I found out another left armer took 9 for 37 in domestic first class in Pakistan. Its none ther than Sadaf Hussain (from Chakwal) who ,if I am not mistaken, was part of the squad that toured Zimbabwe.

  • on October 18, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    @itzbhushan: same goes to india. How comes you keep producing world class batsmen its amazing we can export you some of these youngsters if you can send us some of your batsmen. I mean think about it sachin and sehwag opening the batting and wasim akram and shoaib akhtar taking for the bowling you have saqlain mushtaq as a spinner and yuvraj and shahid afridi and mohammed yousaf along with rahul dravid in the middle order. Wow that will be a dream team i bet you if someday these greats play together they can beat any team on any given day on any sort of wicket. I know tht its not possible in a million years time as we all knows that we pakistani and indians can be good friends off the field but when it comes to playing time there is no rivilary bigger then pakistan playing india in any sort of game either its cricket, hockey or any other sport. Hope to see Pak and India competing against each other in near future. And as far as Junaid khan is concerned he will do well Inshallah. Peace

  • KabaabRoll on October 18, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    So the Pakistani fast bowling assembly line does it again. Congratulations on the great start, and hope to see you succeed InshaAllah. Salaam.

  • on October 18, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    No one can fill Aamir place for sure,,,but still he look quite talented guy,,learning very quickly..Pak is full of bowling talent its just the matter of guiding them.

  • criclover112 on October 18, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    I must say I am very proud of the Pakistani team, well done boys!

  • salmanatcricinfo on October 18, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    @itzbhushan...(India) perhaps its in our environment from child hood everyone wants to become Sachin, Dravid, Gavaskar in India..so you guys keep producing great batsmen....and in Pakistan they are always inspired by Imran, Wasim, Waqar etc... and i agree with Eliya Abbas Syed...He is no where near as good as Aamir but his hard work will make him great bowler in near future Inshallah...

  • luqman255 on October 18, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    This guy is no where close to Mohammad Aamir and can't get there - only Mohammad Aamir can come back and do what he did

  • on October 18, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    one for the future for sure. still not the finished article. but good effort all the same on a flat deck.

  • on October 18, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    @Rakim: Junaid and Aamir are both left handed. Isn't that iminent from the picture above? :P

  • on October 18, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    I don't mean to put Junaid Khan down but He took only 1 wicket in the top order and the remaining 4 came in the lower order. That to me is not very impressive. Aamir and Asif both consistently took vital top order wickets.

  • Big_Chikka on October 18, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    swing is king..........................junaid did well. early days in the test and his international career. t umar finally back in the set up as a starting option after an international career starting way back when.............thats pakistani cricket, i guess. still no where near the potency of asif and amir, but thats asif an damirs loss now:)

  • the_wallster on October 18, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    saw plenty of him when he came over to play for lancs. was clocked doing 90mph. he's not quite as quick as riaz but is a heck of a lot more accurate and reliable. and his bowling in limited overs is top-class. pakistan produces the best bowlers around. no question.

  • SaudAliPk on October 18, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    He really bowled well. The real credit goes to Misbah and Mohsin khan for his selection ahead of wahab riaz. Pak team is moving forward.They have now backup for all slots.Hats off to mr. MOHSIN KHAN for his vision.I still think he is better of selector than a coach.We need someone more experienced for Head Coaching Role.M. Amir was god gifted player. Junaid khan will have to work really hard to fill that gap.

    Hope to see younsters such as raza hassan, hammad azam given chance in ODIs or T20s.

  • on October 18, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    he did good, but he is not anywhere close to amir. lets see if he performs consistently, because his performance last month in zimbabwe was below par.

  • on October 18, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    @itzbhushan, lets barter them for some of your batsmen~!

  • itzbhushan on October 18, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    How do you guys keep finding one fast bowler after another? Hats off! Could you export some of them to India :)

  • TaylorSwift on October 18, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Well done, mate! If our pacers bowl well collectively as a unit, we can fill the void left by Amir and Asif. I was a little surprised to see that Wahab Riaz was dropped for this Test. He has the potential to be the leader of the Test bowling attack.

  • Rakim on October 18, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    He might become better than Amir someday, he seems a hard working guy. If he doesn't get injured he'll get more pace too. Some years from now, when Amir is back I hope to see Amir and Junaid (Right/Left combo) together. Peace

  • on October 18, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Yes, the guy has got talent and if worked upon by someone like Imran or even Waqar or Wasim, he shall succeed! But he is still no where near as good as Amir who was incredibly naturally talented - though I still hope this guy proves me wrong by working very hard and becoming one of the great bowlers of the future!! Good luck to him...

  • a.syed81 on October 18, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Wish you very best of luck bro. However I hope you must have learned a lift time lesson from the mistake Amir has made. I can't wait to see both of you bowling together in future.

  • on October 18, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    He will b 1 of Pak's best bowlerz

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  • on October 18, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    He will b 1 of Pak's best bowlerz

  • a.syed81 on October 18, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Wish you very best of luck bro. However I hope you must have learned a lift time lesson from the mistake Amir has made. I can't wait to see both of you bowling together in future.

  • on October 18, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Yes, the guy has got talent and if worked upon by someone like Imran or even Waqar or Wasim, he shall succeed! But he is still no where near as good as Amir who was incredibly naturally talented - though I still hope this guy proves me wrong by working very hard and becoming one of the great bowlers of the future!! Good luck to him...

  • Rakim on October 18, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    He might become better than Amir someday, he seems a hard working guy. If he doesn't get injured he'll get more pace too. Some years from now, when Amir is back I hope to see Amir and Junaid (Right/Left combo) together. Peace

  • TaylorSwift on October 18, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Well done, mate! If our pacers bowl well collectively as a unit, we can fill the void left by Amir and Asif. I was a little surprised to see that Wahab Riaz was dropped for this Test. He has the potential to be the leader of the Test bowling attack.

  • itzbhushan on October 18, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    How do you guys keep finding one fast bowler after another? Hats off! Could you export some of them to India :)

  • on October 18, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    @itzbhushan, lets barter them for some of your batsmen~!

  • on October 18, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    he did good, but he is not anywhere close to amir. lets see if he performs consistently, because his performance last month in zimbabwe was below par.

  • SaudAliPk on October 18, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    He really bowled well. The real credit goes to Misbah and Mohsin khan for his selection ahead of wahab riaz. Pak team is moving forward.They have now backup for all slots.Hats off to mr. MOHSIN KHAN for his vision.I still think he is better of selector than a coach.We need someone more experienced for Head Coaching Role.M. Amir was god gifted player. Junaid khan will have to work really hard to fill that gap.

    Hope to see younsters such as raza hassan, hammad azam given chance in ODIs or T20s.

  • the_wallster on October 18, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    saw plenty of him when he came over to play for lancs. was clocked doing 90mph. he's not quite as quick as riaz but is a heck of a lot more accurate and reliable. and his bowling in limited overs is top-class. pakistan produces the best bowlers around. no question.