Pakistan news June 29, 2012

I'm fit and ready to play - Jamshed


Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed, who missed the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka because of a fractured finger, has said he is now fit and ready to play international cricket again. Jamshed will start practising next week.

"I was unlucky most of the time," Jamshed told ESPNcricinfo. "[I was not] serious with my cricket and never maintained my fitness as I should have. I realised the importance of fitness only after being dropped due to fitness grounds. But now I am more serious and focussed."

Jamshed has played only 16 ODIs despite making his Pakistan debut in January 2008. He made a comeback to the team after more than two and a half years in this year's Asia Cup, and scored a century against India in Dhaka. He could not make the trip to Sri Lanka because of his finger injury.

"It's disappointing when [you create] a strong impact with your performance but things change and you are out of the scene," he said. "But now I am fit and presently giving a precautionary rest to my finger before coming out in the nets to bat. While I was injured I was allowed to jog so that I kept myself fit."

Jamshed said he wanted to play Test cricket and had the aptitude for it because he was capable of long innings in one-dayers. "Playing a bigger format demands high fitness [and] skill," he said. "I have the temperament [for Test cricket but] it requires [high] fitness levels. It's because of the weight I had gained that I was out of the scene until this year. I have already reduced five kilograms, from 87kg, to keep my body more flexible and quicker."

He said he was aware of Pakistan's need to find a steady opening pair, and that he was ready to take up that responsibility. "It's about scoring runs. I am learning from [the other openers]. Everyone wants to play but only who scores can stay."

Jamshed averaged 65 for the first wicket with former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and said their success was because of their association in domestic cricket, where they opened for National Bank of Pakistan. Jamshed, however, has a better record with the present opener Mohammad Hafeez, with whom he has scored 404 runs in four innings.

"Opening is a very specialist slot and probably the hardest one in the batting order to play at. The opening combination is very important and more time you give to the combination, the more you get success and runs at the top."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Imran on July 1, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    My T20 against austrailia would be.. 1== Ahmad Shahzad 2== Nasir Jamshed 3== Hafeez 4== Shafeeq/ Shoaib Malik 5== Umer Akmal 6== Afridi 7== Kamran Akmal 8== Razzaq / Hammad 9== Gul 10== Ajmal 11== Sohail tanvir/ Rana naveed

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    he is good and very talented he has proved that lot of times well go jamshed and bring glory to pak

  • Cricket on June 30, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Frankly speaking both Misbah and Younis should make way for younsters like Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad in the shorter format of the game.

  • Aamir on June 29, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    T20 XI 1.) Imran Nazir 2.) Nasir Jamshed 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Shahid Afridi 6.) Mohammad Hafeez 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Kamran Akmal (WK) 9.) Sohail Tanvir 10.) Umar Gul 11.) Saeed Ajmal

    With the overkill of more than 6 bowlers in Pak's ODI and T20 squad (E.G Misbah had 7 bowlers [Consider Allrounders] against SL in the 2011 single T20 in the UAE) This squad limits it to only six. Also, you have players that can all play their part with the bat starting from Nasir Jamshed all the way to Saeed Ajmal. You don't have a spin heavy team; you have 3 quicks and 3 spinners to balance out the bowling attack.

  • Imran on June 29, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Kick azhar back to test matches only and please bring him back. Along with kamran akmal in limited over games. And trust me if t20 world cup is in srilanka razzaq could be very usefull in such conditions.. keep him t20 side till world cup.

  • Stark on June 29, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    The best thing to hear, since the news of butt leaving as the chairman of PCB!

    I don't really care about his fitness because he is a quality batsmen and is able to balance aggression with defence really well.

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    his fieldin is really shambolic! he moves like a slug! he needs to improve on it if he wants 2 stay in the odi side! otherwise he cud be a slip fielder in d test side! his batting is kind of ok!

  • shahid on June 29, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    They won't let some new talent come in. Same pathetic Hafiz will go on with his average of 27. Nasir Jamshid, Afaq Rahim, Usman Salahuddin and many others are knocking at the doors but the incompetent board and selectors go on with bringing the ever failed guys like Faisal Iqbal, Imran farhat and Sami beck in the team again and again. The new players, even if selected, stay on the sidelines and are not given any chance. Why count on those who have been a failure in 10 years with over 25 matches. Iqbal Qasim is supposed to be an honest selectors but God knows if it is lack of competence or submission to the bosses.

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    opning pair for pak are ahmed shahzad and this fellow. pak should fine tune them

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Weather he is fit or unfit at this time there is no chance for him to be included in the on going tour of Sri Lanka, He was selected in the original team but due to engiry he was left out also it was told that he did not inform the selectors for his ingery. So this is somehow a big bad impression and it is advisable that he should not be consider for any more

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