“Raja wants us to play aggressive cricket,” says Shadab Khan

By our correspondent

ISLAMABAD: The vice-captain of Pakistan team in limited overs cricket Shadab Khan has revealed that in their meeting with the upcoming PCB chairman Ramiz Raja the players have been advised to play aggressive brand of cricket which is the modern day cricket.

“We had a meeting with Ramiz Raja and he wants us to play aggressive brand of cricket and has given us the required confidence,” Shadab told a virtual news conference today just ahead of Pakistan’s series against New Zealand which will begin at the Pindi Stadium with the first one-day from September 17.

“Ramiz has been in commentary since long and knows modern day cricket,” Shadab said. “When Babar became skipper so me and he had decided to take Pakistan team to a modern day cricket and we are slowly heading towards that. Although we have not achieved the desired results but soon we will be able to produce results as we are adopting that brand of cricket,” Shadab said.

“Mostly the same players have been playing white-ball cricket and everyone is putting in their best,” Shadab was quick to add when asked whether there will be any guarantee that players will not lose their places in quest of adopting modern day cricket.

He termed the situation after the resignation of head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis as ‘not ideal’ , saying, whatever is in their hands they will put in their hundred percent.

“I cannot comment on that as it is their personal decision but the situation is not ideal. But if we think about that then negatives will emerge. As World Cup is just around the corner so what is in our hands we will try to give hundred percent and focus on the global event,” Shadab said.

Shadab said that their One-day Series against New Zealand will be competitive, adding, the tourists had seven to eight those boys in the squad who had been playing one-day cricket for their national team for long.

Shadab agreed that as an allrounder he could not produce desired results after 2018, adding, there was illness and injuries which hurt his performance.

“Yes in the initial years of my career I had been very impressive and later I could not pull off the same desired performances as I suffered hepatitis and there were injuries and now recently when I got a month-time I worked hard in NCA and worked on my batting and bowling and will try to live up to the billing in the series against New Zealand,” Shadab said.

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