The left-arm paceman from Pakistan Junaid Khan is eyeing One-day International return for the national side as he is delighted with his overall performance in the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
“I feel good about my bowling these days I’m performing as well as I was in 2012 and 2013 when I was not only able to take crucial wickets but also contribute to team victories,” Junaid said to Pakistan daily The Dawn.
Second behind Dwayne Bravo; Junaid, who’s currently trying to impress selectors in the ongoing domestic one-day cup, has picked 20 wickets with an economy of 6.09 in 14 matches in BPL.
“It’s not just about taking wickets in BPL, I’m happier with the way I’m able to bowl. Most importantly, my rhythm and confidence are back and those are key for a fast bowler,” Junaid said.
In June, this year rumours were doing rounds that Junaid is considering to playing for England which he clearly denied again in his fresh interview.
“I was in England when I heard about the news and denied the false claims that I had said I’d like to play for England and not Pakistan via a tweet,” Junaid added.
In June 2015, the impressive Swabi-born Junaid had played last game for Pakistan against Sri Lanka. He had also expressed his disappointment after being dropped from English tour.
“I always want to represent my country but was disappointed when dropped from the team as I had been a regular member for a few years,” Junaid remarked.
The 27-year-old fast bowler, who had been delivering results for the national team during his early days of his career, had injured himself in the UAE just before the one-day series against Australia.
In 2014, Junaid was forced to return home for rehabilitation after injuring his knee.
Junaid has defended 9 runs at Port Elizabeth against South Africa in the last over of second ODI to register a first-ever bilateral series win over Proteas.
“I really want to become a regular member of the Pakistan lineup and it will be great if I am selected for the Australian ODI series as the wicket there will provide more assistance to fast bowlers like me with some swing and good bounce,” Junaid concluded.
For Pakistan, Junaid has featured in 52 ODIs in which he bagged 78 wickets at an average of 27.52