ISLAMABAD: Experienced Pakistani opener Muhammad Hafeez feels fully fit for his upcoming bowling action test saying he is keen to play a dual role in limited over series against England.
Hafeez said he has started working on his bowling action because he is keen to play in limited over series against England.
Hafeez said he considered his role as a bowler important in 50-over and Twenty-20 matches for Pakistan.
“I will try to do my best to get my bowling action cleared now from the International Cricket Council (ICC) experts so that I can also bowl in the limited over series in England,” business-standard.com quoted him as saying.
Hafeez said there is lot of negative propaganda about him in the media and it upsets him when questions are raised about his cricketing credentials.
“Even when I was bowling I had a very good batting record and average. So there is no extra pressure on me as a batsman just because I can’t bowl,” he said.
Hafeez said he was upset with presumptions in the media about his knee injury. “There were doubts raised over the injury when I was ruled out of matches in the World T20 in India. Then there were doubts raised about whether I was fit when I was picked for the England tour,” he said.
Hafeez said that the critics who were predicting that the team would be badly beaten in English conditions had been silenced after the first Test historic win at Lords.
He said that he had got good starts in the two Tests but failed to carry on for a big innings. “I am not worried about it because in cricket the big innings will come if you are feeling good out in the middle. But those who say I am only a batsman on Asian pitches are wrong that I am technically weak. Any batsmen can get out in the slips,” he said.
Hafeez said Pakistan had a very good chance of a comeback in the third Test as the players were aware they had made mistakes in the second match and wanted to set things right. “Don’t rule us out of this series,” he said. –APP