Lahore: While Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis and the selectors have been supporting the idea of injecting more young blood in the national squad, opening batsman Imran Nazir believes that early exposure to international cricket has done him more harm than good.
Nazir, who made his debut for Pakistan in 1999 at the age of 17, admitted that he was not ready for the big stage when he was given the break.
"The truth is I was not ready for international cricket at that time, my technique was faulty and I didn`t have the mental strength or understanding of the game," said Nazir, who was ignored for both the ICC T20 World Cup and the ongoing Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.
"Now that I have began to understand how international cricket needs to be played I have been dropped from the national team," the right hand batsman was quoted as saying.
Nazir is known for his electrifying batting style, but he reckons that his aggression has cost him a place in the national squad.
"I am a more mature batsman now and if I get a chance to play again for Pakistan I will play in sensible fashion and cement my place in the team. You must have the patience to wait for the bad ball to hit, not try slogging every ball as I used to do previously. I am ready to curb my natural instincts to play again for Pakistan," he said.
Referring to the tradition of Pakistani selectors of inducting young guns in the national squad early in their careers, Nazir, who last played a Test match in 2002, said that youngsters should be given time to prove themselves at the domestic level before the gates of international cricket are opened.
"I would say a player must be given time in domestic cricket before he is blooded in international cricket. Give him time to adjust and understand the game," he said.