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My responsibilities have increased after their retirement, but I don't see it as a burden: Shafiq

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  1. Del

    Del Fantasy Draft Wins: 1

    Dec 21, 2016
    KARACHI: The last Test series in Australia, the 2016-2017 season, saw the expertise of middle-order batsmen Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq but the scoring responsibility has now fallen on the shoulders of batsmen Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood.

    Speaking to reporters at the National Stadium on Sunday, Asad said that there is added responsibility on his shoulders after the retirement of stalwarts Younis and Misbah. “My responsibilities have increased after their retirement,” Asad said. “But I don't see it as a burden.

    “I have realised that it is [now more] important for me to stay at the crease and score as many runs as possible,” the 33-year-old batsman added. He recalled that when Misbah and Younis were still playing, the rest of the team members felt that they had a security blanket, knowing that the experienced duo could handle tough situations.

    Asad said that he has set himself a target of becoming top-scorer for Pakistan in the Australia tour, adding that they will try their best to win the first-ever Test series Down Under. “We haven’t won any Test series in Australia so far so we’ll go there with an aim to change that,” he said.

    “Our batting did well the last time but bowling couldn’t perform according to expectations. But we have learned from our mistakes and I hope that we will produce better results this time,” he said.

    Asad, however, is well aware of the challenges they could face in Australia. “It will be a tough task as wickets in Australia will be different from what we have been playing on regularly,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Shan said that he is geared up for the challenge. “I will try and perform my responsibilities, especially turning 50s into centuries,” he said. “Whatever I learned on the tour of South Africa [last year], I will try and implement that,” he added.

    The opener said that the silver lining of the difficult tour of Australia is that it offers young players the opportunity to become big players. “All big players at one point had taken the field as youngsters,” Shan said. “No one is a great cricketer from the get-go. Everyone comes into the team, performs and then becomes big.

    “The youngsters who perform today will be known as big players in future,” he said. Like Babar Azam had a few days earlier, Masood also paid a tribute to Sarfraz Ahmed, who was sacked as captain in the aftermath of the disastrous Sri Lanka home series.

    “I always found Sarfraz as a leader, and personally I will feel his absence in Australia, and miss everything from his scolds to his jokes and his brotherly behaviour off the field,” Shan said. However, he added that changes are a part of life and “now that the team is under Azhar Ali's leadership, we hope that it will reach new heights.” —with inputs from agencies

  2. Del

    Del Fantasy Draft Wins: 1

    Dec 21, 2016
    You along with Azhar needs to step up and bring your 'A' game.

    That said, to be honest, I dont have much hope from these two. However, will like to see how Shan, Haris and Babar will do along with young pacers, if given chances.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2019
  3. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto

    ShokoTolo_LoloMoto Talented

    Apr 16, 2010
    For the last 5 years, I am standing firm on my stance that Asad Shafiq should be made captain in all three formats.

    He is MUCH, MUCH MUCH more mature, smart and tough cookie to crumble than Azhar Ali.
  4. godzilla

    godzilla Smooth Operator

    May 12, 2016
    neither asad nor azhar ever deserved to be in the side in the first place. the decline of the test side has in large part been because since misyou, they have failed to step up after a decade of investment in them. they are and always will be mediocre. they are rated 22nd and 20th in the world rankings, at the time they should be at the very heights of their careers. https://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/mens/player-rankings/test/batting

    I would rather kick them both out now, and have the team continue to struggle but with people with much better potential like salahuddin, guys who have earned a chance over years.
  5. Mohammed Bilal

    Mohammed Bilal Tracer Bullet

    Jul 17, 2017
    Shafiq is a nice guy but he needs to get lost with this sentence 'give me chance at 4'. He's a decent player but I don't think he'd do much at 4 tbh.

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