Junaid Khan, fast-bowler for Pakistan, expressed his disappointment for his exclusion from the One-Day International (ODI) squad against Ireland and England, claiming he has no other option but to consider playing for England.
While talking to reporters on Tuesday, an unhappy Junaid said, “I have no option but to consider playing for England now.”
He added, “Half of my family resides in England, but I kept Pakistan as my priority.
“I had the opportunity to play for England in 2013 after my outstanding performances in County cricket, however, I rejected it.”
Having last played one-day cricket in May 2015 during Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan, Junaid was eliminated from the probable line-up for the tour of England in June early this year, after being declared unfit by chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
However, the 26-year-old Khan rejected the verdict and claimed that he was part of the military’s boot camp in Kabul, which in his opinion, “spoke volumes for his fitness”.
“I bowled outstanding spells in my last practice game. I returned figures of one for 22 in seven overs,” Junaid said, adding, “I was told to prove my fitness and I am 100 per cent fit.