By our correspondent
ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan’s leggie Rashid Khanhas said that irrespective of the conditions and pitches he believes in the ‘process’ for which he does a huge homework.
“I keep the things simple for myself,” Rashid told a virtual news conference from Abu Dhabi where the PSL is set to resume on June 9 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
“I don’t think about the conditions and pitches. I believe in the process for which I work harder and always make an effort to bowl at the right area. I don’t think about taking wickets or becoming more economical which franchises usually want from you. I keep the things simple and try to produce the best deliveries which can yield results on any sort of surface,” Rashid said.
He said conditions in Abu Dhabi are similar to the ones in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, reiterating that the best thing is to bowl in the right area. “If you start thinking about taking wickets or becoming more economical it will add further pressure on you,” Rashid stressed.
Rashid said that Lahore Qalandars have the best combination. “Yes, we have the best combination with strength in both batting and bowling,” Rashid said.
“We will try to keep the basics right and not keep in mind that we will reach final or win the final as it will add extra pressure on us. Our main focus would be to give hundred percent and win matches,” said Rashid, having played 51 T20s, 74 ODIs and five Tests which Afghanistan have played so far. Rashid said that he really enjoyed his association with Qalandars during Karachi-leg.
“I just spent two weeks in the Karachi leg of the PSL-6 but I feel like I have spent two years because I really enjoyed that time with Qalandars. I had friendship with Fakhar Zaman and Shaheen Afridi but now I have made more friends. Now I have got the opportunity to spend some more time with them and am looking forward to grab that with both hands,” Rashid said.
Rashid said that they are now used to live in a biosecure environment.
“I don’t think we feel any extra pressure after we were handed tracking devices. For the last one and a half year we have been living in a biosecure environment and are used to such conditions. We will do whatever is safe for us and for the teams. We are just to follow the protocols and I don’t think there is any extra pressure on our minds,’ Rashid said.
While rating PSL among world’s top three leagues Rashid said it is the best platform for those Afghan players who have been picked by various franchises for the Abu Dhabi-leg.
“Afghan players should express their talent as it is the best stage for them with foreign players and coaches around and is a learning platform,” Rashid said. About Qalandars and Karachi Kings rivalry in the PSL Rashid said he does not feel like that. “I don’t feel like that. It would be a routine game with Karachi Kings, although, fans might think otherwise,” Rashid said.
In the last edition Karachi Kings had defeated Qalandars in the PSL final, their first title and Qalandars first good finish.