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Fakhar regards England Tour as “Make or break”


Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman regards the upcoming three-match T-20 series against England, as a make or break for his international life span.

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Fakhar claimed that the upcoming T-20 series would be of immense importance for him and termed it as “It is a make-or-break series for me”, in a virtual interaction with reporters on Tuesday.

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“The series has the potential to sway my career to one direction or the other. Success would give me a permanent place on the team and failure could take me to the edge,” he said.

The opening batsman admitted that he got over confidence in many important turn of his career which brought no good to him.

“When you get some success, you tend to get overconfident and that is what happened with me. Instead of adopting my usual wait and see policy at the outset of my innings, I became irresponsible and that was visible from innings; I played against Sri Lanka in the recent T20 series. I need to play with my usual calmness at the start of my innings. Waiting for the loose ball is key to success at the start of innings,” he conceded.

Fakhar also revealed that playing in the longest format of the game was the lifetime ambition.

“Test cricket is the ultimate and that is what I have been preparing for since I lost selectors favour. Over the last few months I have trained hard and tried to regroup in an effort to gather my momentum for international cricket. I feel I am ready to give a fresh look to my cricketing career,” said the left-handed batsman.

Reacting on Younis Khan’s inclusion into the team coaching staff, he said,

“I have played under Younis and he definitely is a fabulous batting coach. His inclusion I believe would be of great benefit for all, especially me. I am looking forward to further working on my abilities whenever the action starts at nets.”

“Three years after the Champions Trophy, I should have had a permanent place on the team. But my form has been inconsistent. I have worked hard and want to put my career back on track with the T-20 series against England” he said.

Fakhar hailed his department’s role in bringing the best out of him from the Navy department.

“I am really thankful to Navy for supporting me to pursue cricket as a career,” he said.

He said he expected the wickets in England to be helpful for batsmen. “Usually in July and August, wickets get batting friendly in England. I hope to make full use of that,” he added.

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