I miss playing for Pakistan: Taufeeq Umar
Panchkula : Unfazed by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s tough stand against the players participating in the Indian Cricket League (ICL), opener Taufeeq Umar on Sunday said he was still hopeful of making a comeback to his national side.
“If they call me, I am ready to play,” the 26-year-old told reporters after hitting an unbeaten 52 to give his side Delhi Jets their first victory over Hyderabad Heroes, which is led by former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq.
On the poor performance of the Pakistani team in both ODIs and now the Test series against India, Umar said the hosts were in pristine form and were helped to some extent by the injury woes of Shoiab Malik’s men.
“India has a good combination of youth and experience, which is firing well,” he said.
Former Pakistani wicketkeeper Moin Khan, who is coach of the Hyderabad Heroes, echoed Umar’s views and said the Pakistani team were going through a “rebuilding process”.
“Injury problems coupled with Mohammad Asif’s and Shoaib Malik’s absence is the main reason the team is not doing well at the moment. Once things settle down for them, they will have the right combination which can bring results,” he said.
On being associated with the ICL, Moin said the players should not be punished for participating in the league because they had not committed any crime.
“It’s not a crime to play for the ICL as is being made out to be by some Boards. I strongly condemn Boards like BCCI for trying to prevent players from practising in cricket grounds by using their influence. Such pressure tactics need to be condemned strongly by one and all,” Moin said.