Former Fast Bowler Points Out Favoritism in the National Team

The left-arm pacer, Junaid Khan, believes that the majority of the players on the national side are uncertain about their position in the national team, hence they selfishly try to perform to retain their place in the team.


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He alleged that favoritism is very much prevalent on the national side, as the players who are close to the captain or the coach get a proper chance to prove themselves in the international arena.

The 31-year old fast bowler has been discarded from the side since May 2019, he was a regular feature for the national side in the early 2010s but lost his place in the national side after a string of unimpressive performances and the emergence of young talent in the domestic circuit. Despite performing at the domestic and international circuit, Junaid has never been considered for the national side once again.

“If you have a good relationship with the coaches and captain, then you get more chances. It also depends on the city you belong to. If you belong to a big city, then people raise voice for you,” Junaid said.


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“I used to be part of the national team in all three formats. I used to ask for rest but I wasn’t given rest. Then came a time when I got in the bad books and was being ignored due to likes and dislikes. I was performing but was not being given a proper chance,” he added.

Junaid is still hopeful of making a comeback to the national team though, he believes that if he can perform at the domestic level consistently, it will be hard for the selectors to ignore him. He revealed that he is currently working on improving his fitness and further developing his skills as a bowler.

Junaid has played 22 Tests, 76 ODIs, and 9 T20Is ever since making his debut in 2011, he has picked up 196 scalps in international cricket and he is hopeful of claiming many more.

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