Batting conditions in England were difficult: Asad Shafiq

Karachi: Pakistani batsman Asad Shafiq, who made his debut in the recent ODI series against England, has said that it was a tough ask to show glimpses of his talent in difficult circumstances and completely alien English conditions.

Shafiq scored 120 runs in the five-match series, including a maiden half-century off 58 deliveries at Headingley.

“Yes it was a tough ask for me, as I have never played cricket in England before, but the way I look at it is that the best players thrive in difficult situations and difficult circumstances,” said Shafiq.

“I knew that conditions would be tough for batting, given that the ball seams and swings a lot more in England than in Asia. I really enjoyed the experience and feel that it was fantastic for my future development,” he added.

The 24-year-old however did admit that being a professional cricketer, he has to get used to playing in different conditions.

“It was a major change for me to be playing in Sri Lanka and then suddenly to be playing in England against a top class bowling attack. I was aware that I needed to make adjustments to cope with the conditions in England,” Shafiq said.

“The weather was hot and humid in Sri Lanka and when I arrived in England the weather was much cooler and cloudy. The wickets were also predominantly batting friendly in Sri Lanka, but overall I think I adjusted quite well,” he added.


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