Out-of-favour Pakistani batsman Nasir Jamshed, who was ignored by the country’s selectors after a disappointing 2015 World Cup in Australia, is desperate to stage a comeback to the national squad and for that he has vowed to give a good performance in the domestic circle.
After the retirement of key openers like Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail, Jamshed’s attacking approach at the top of the order was praised by many and it was believed that he has a bright future.
He, however, was discarded from the national squad following his disappointing performance in the 2015 World Cup.
Reflecting his views on the same, he admitted he was out of the squad because of his performance, but promised not to repeat the same mistakes when he would come to bat again in the national colours, pakpassion.net reported.
Jamshed, who is currently playing club cricket in England, is trying to improve his technique so that he can make a comeback to the national side.
The left-handed batsman expressed his desire to return to his absolute best so that he could survive in the international cricket once he makes a return.
Speaking about his fitness, Nasir said: “My fitness has improved and I am maintaining my weight at the level it was when I played against India.
I believe that improved fitness results in improved batting and obviously it also makes your fielding better.
Being fit allows a batsman to survive for a longer period in the middle so I’m focusing a lot on both my fitness and the technical areas of my batting.
I include fielding in that because if I can run quicker then obviously my fielding will also improve.
On that basis, I am concentrating mainly on cardio work when I’m in the gym.
Even when I bat I have fitness on my mind in that I want to bat for at least 30-40 overs in a 50 over game as it improves my fitness as well as my batting.
So fitness is crucial and as a result I am making an effort to maintain my weight.
” “Clearly, there is more of a focus on fitness now from the PCB as well.
I have been to fitness camps before, but from what I have seen from the recent boot camp with the army, the exercises the players are doing are different.
I know our NCA trainer was also there at the camp so when I go back I will work with him and try to learn some new techniques to improve my fitness.
“At the moment I spend at least four days a week in the gym doing cardio and resistance work to maintain my fitness levels,” he added.
To a query regarding Inzamam ul Haq as a chief selector of national cricket team, Nasir said: “Inzamam-ul-Haq is a great choice as chief selector because he retired from international cricket relatively recently.
He will have a good understanding of the modern game and will select a team accordingly.
I also think he should spend a bit of time with the players imparting his batting knowledge to them.
He did a couple of batting sessions when I was part of the team and we learned a lot from him, so I think the PCB should consider doing that again.
” To a query regarding Mickey Arthur joining the national team as head coach, Nasir said: “Mickey Arthur is a very polite guy and an excellent coach.
He understands players very well and speaks to them on their level.
I was very impressed with him.
I spoke to Mickey a lot and had several practice sessions with him so his appointment is really a good sign for Pakistan cricket and I think the players will learn a lot from him.”