U-19 Pak skipper says he`s ready for Test challenge

Islamabad: Disappointed at not being selected for the forthcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, Pakistan Under-19 cricket team`s skipper Azeem Ghumman has urged selectors to give him a chance to prove himself in the Test series against England this summer.

Ghumman, who led his team to the U-19 World Cup final in which Pakistan was defeated by Australia, said that though he is upset over not being able to make the cut into the senior squad, he has not lost hope.

"I`m disappointed at not being picked but not disheartened. The message that I`m taking from this is that I need to work even harder and continue to perform so that I can get a chance for the England tour," Ghumman told a website.

Ghumman said he has an experience of playing in England, which would be of great help if selectors gave him an opportunity in the upcoming `home` Test series against England and Australia in England.

"I`ve already played two seasons of cricket in England during 2005 and 2008. So, I`m used to the conditions, and if I get a chance to open in Test matches then I can really show everyone what I`m capable of. I`d say to the selectors, just give me a chance and I`ll prove that I can be an asset for Pakistan," he said.

Despite him being an opener, Ghumman said he is ready to bat at any position for the national team.

"I love to open the innings, I really enjoy the challenge of facing down the new ball. Despite that when the Pakistan U-19 team went to New Zealand for the World Cup I agreed to move down the batting order. I`m an opener and it`s my dream to open for Pakistan but I will bat wherever the team needs me," he said.



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