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Lahore: Junaid Khan, Pakistan‘s left-arm fast bowler has rubbished rumours of him switching to the English cricket team. He added that he is disappointed by these rumours, and at the same time unhappy for not being picked for Pakistan tour of England 2016. Junaid said that the news about him wanting to play for England is false. He also said that county team Lancashire had expressed interest in signing him but he did not look forward to it as he was optimistic over his selection for England vs Pakistan 2016 Test series. According to Junaid, his performance in PSL 2016 was good, and also when he played for Pakistan A team. Hence, he is not sure what extra he is required to do to get selected in the national side of Pakistan. Misbah-ul-Haq, Yasir Shah, Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan tested for doping by ICC: Intikhab Alam

Junaid was quoted by Dawn saying, “There is no truth in any such claim. I don’t know what else I will have to do to make a comeback in the national side, as I have already performed well in the PSL and Pakistan A team. I don’t know what else I will have to do to make a comeback in the national side, as I have already performed well in the PSL and Pakistan A team.” Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had said the following over the cricketer not being picked for England tour, “Junaid Khan was not in full rhythm”. Earlier, in July last year, ESPNcricinfo had reported that County side Middlesex had signed Junaid as their latest overseas player and a replacement to Jos Burns. The latter was brought on board when Adam Voges was initially signed as captain, who was at thet time in the playing XI in Australia’s Ashes squad.

Junaid had previously played county cricket with Lancashire earlier as well, for whom he took 31 Twenty20 wickets at 14.58 during between 2011 and 2014. His first game for Middlesex could come against Lancashire at Blackpool.