Home > News >

Junaid Khan: My focus is on South Africa tour

Junaid Khan

Junaid Khan picked up eight wickets in three ODIs against India © Getty Images

Karachi: Jan 20, 2013

He has already got three lucrative offers from English counties after his exploits in India recently but Pakistan‘s rising left-arm pacer, Junaid Khan, is currently only focused on making an impact in the Test series in South Africa.

Before the national team’s departure for South Africa on Sunday, Junaid said he would decide on the offers only after he gets clearance from the PCB.

“At the moment I am just focusing on the coming Test series because South Africa is the number one Test side and their batsmen are formidable on their own grounds,” he said.

Junaid, who created a stir on the recent tour to India with his ability to get the ball to swing both ways, said he knew that success in South Africa would boost his career in a big way.

“I see this series as my first real big test because until now I have played mainly in UAE, Sri Lanka or India.

This is my first tour to South Africa so obviously it is a big challenge,” he said.

Junaid said he had a lot of respect for batsmen like Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and Ab de Villiers.

“But when I bowl to them it will be to get them out as soon as possible. I have spent a lot of time with our analyst studying their videos and the coaches have also been giving me feedback. One thing is clear a pacer has to take advantage of the bounce in South Africa.”

Junaid said that tips from Wasim Akram had proved extremely helpful in India.

“I have been consulting Wasim bhai for the South Africa tour as well. Because traditionally I know that our pace attack has to do well there if we are to win the series,” he said.

The youngster said it was a great learning process for him to bowl to the top Indian batsmen on Indian pitches.

“These are two very challenging back to back series for me,” he said.

Surrey and Sussex are among the counties interested in signing up Junaid.

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham


Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Cardiff

India won by 133 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014  at Hambantota

Sri Lanka won by 77 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 198 runs


Don Bradman's ducks


Dhoni praises Raina's century in 2nd ODI

Shahrukh Khan scores a hundred!

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014: Kashmiri students bashed up in Punjab for supporting Pakistan

MS Dhoni did not cross the line, clarifies BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel

Suresh Raina: Ravi Shastri gave us a lot of confidence

MS Dhoni heaps praise on Suresh Raina for match-winning knock

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

Shahrukh Khan scores a hundred!

Shakib al-Hasan won’t be allowed to participate in CLT20 2014

Justice Mukul Mudgal: We will submit an interim report in Supreme Court

Ramesh Powar quits Rajasthan Ranji team after receiving NOC from BCCI

Lalit Modi: I don’t see myself playing any role in BCCI elections

Ganesh Chathurti XI: Kapil Dev, Amit Mishra and Dodda Ganesh among India players to feature

Suresh Raina’s new avatar on India’s tour of England 2014

Four best partnerships between Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers

Aaron Finch rapidly emerging as Australia’s key batsman

Ravindra Jadeja: India’s go-to man against England in ODIs

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

666 Posts | 6 Fans

12 runs in one ball

Is Mouni Roy the new golden girl of Colors?

NGOs pursue education for all

Ebola facts — frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The Quality of the Indo-U.S. Relationship Matters More Than the Quantity of Dialogues

Why adding every part of coconut to your diet is a healthy idea

Apple iPhone 6: Everything we know so far

Shahrukh Khan scores a hundred!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Ganesh Chathurti XI: Kapil Dev, Amit Mishra and Dodda Ganesh among India players to feature

US Open 2014: Petra Kvitova move into third round at the Flushing Meadows

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here