Junaid claims about favouritism in Pakistan cricket
Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan claims that Pakistan cricketers always feel insecure about their future as those who maintain close relation with team management and captain, get a long run in every format of the game.
The 31-year old pacer had been neglected in the national team recently. He last played for Pakistan back in 2019 against England in ODIs. Junaid showed his frustration about this.
He said that favouritism plays an important role in Pakistan cricket. “It is like if you are on good terms with the captain and team management then you will probably get a proper run in all formats to prove your worth. If you don’t have close relations with them then you are in and out,” Junaid said.
“I used to be part of the national team in all three formats. I used to ask for rest but I wasn’t given rest.
“Then came a time when I got in the bad books and was being ignored due to likes and dislikes. I was performing but was not being given a proper chance,” he added.
“I just got into the bad books of selectors that is all.”
He also thinks that if a cricketer wants to learn about handling pressure in a match, he should play against Team India.
He recalled his memories of playing bilateral series against India back in 2012-13 and said that he learned to handle pressure from that series. In that series, Junaid was the joint highest wicket-taker with 8 wickets in ODIs in which Pakistan won by 2-1.
“If a player wants to learn how to handle pressure, he should play against India. There is a lot of pressure on both teams during India-Pakistan encounters. I learned how to handle pressure during the 2012 series against India in India. Fans from both countries will enjoy these matches but the decision to play the series depends on the administrators,” Junaid said.
The left-arm fast bowler has played 107 matches for Pakistan in international cricket and taken 189 wickets so far.