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Sohail Tanvir eyeing all rounder’s spot in Pakistan T20 team

Tanvir last played a T20I for Pakistan in 2017 against West Indies.

Sohail Tanvir
Sohail Tanvir ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir impressed one and all with his all-round performance during the sixth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) for Multan Sultans. He chipped in with useful contribution down the order and picked up vital wickets in the powerplay upfront. While the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is still three months away, the 36-year-old is eyeing the all-rounder’s slot in the shortest format for Pakistan.

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The Sultans management made a refreshing change and used him at number seven. This gave confidence to the left-arm pacer who went onto express himself by striking well and giving the team a much-needed impetus at the back end of the innings. The left-arm pacer is optimistic about contributing with both bat and ball for Pakistan

Speaking about the same to Cricket Pakistan, the 36-year-old weighed on the possibility of making a return to the side as an all-rounder.

 “In the very recent PSL games, I got the responsibility to bat at No.7 after a long time. Before that, I used to bat at No.8 or No.9 where you get 4-6 balls on average to face on that position. But at No.7 you get more time which I got with the Multan Sultans. I can see that there is a spot open in the Pakistan team for an all-rounder that anyone can grab. So definitely I am eyeing on it,” Tanvir stated.

The left-arm pacer was further asked about Pakistan’s shambolic performance on their recent tour to England. The Men in Green lost both their ODI and T20I series and Tanvir feels that lack of red-ball cricket is affecting Pakistan bowlers who are unable to find right lengths on helpful wickets.

“These player adapt really well in T20 cricket, but when it comes to the longer version of the game, I don’t think there’s enough preparation. There were seaming conditions in the ODI series and we did not bowl according to the demands of the situation. Our lengths were a bit shorter. As a bowler you learn this only when you bowl longer spells. It is important to play red-ball cricket and things will be difficult untill they don’t go through this process,” Sohail Tanvir concluded.

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