Sharjeel Khan left for Sri Lanka on August 15 play the three-match ODI series © AFP
Sharjeel Khan left for Sri Lanka on August 15 play the three-match ODI series along with Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali and others © AFP

Karachi: Aug 16, 2014


Pakistani opener Sharjeel Khan revealed that he is looking forward to performing well against Sri Lanka in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series, as the squad departed on Friday for the Jinnah International Airport .


The Pakistani ODI team includes star all-rounder Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Zulfiqar Babar and Fawad Alam. The matches would be held on 23, 27 and 30 August.


Opener Khan said that it would be an important series for him and he is raring to do well against Sri Lanka, The Express Tribune reported. Khan had an impressive knock against Sri Lanka scoring a run-a-ball 61 on his debut and has gone on to play seven out of nine ODIs in his short career against Sri Lanka, scoring 135 runs at an average of 19.28, a statistic he is looking to improve upon.


Khan said that he started off really well on his debut against Sri Lanka but since then he has not been able to play a substantial knock. However, he added that he has worked on his game so that he can contribute significantly in the upcoming series.


Khan said that it’s an important campaign for Pakistan and for him personally because he wants to perform on a consistent basis. Meanwhile all-rounder Ali, who came into prominence after bagging a five-wicket haul against India at the ICC U19 final in 2006, stated that he would try to contribute in all areas of the game and hoped that the conditions would suit him.


Ali said that he has played in Sri Lanka previously and did really well with Pakistan U19 when they defeated India in the final. He added that it was a memorable tournament as the conditions were ideal and he was able to swing the ball off the seam. He said that he wants want to repeat those performances for Pakistan now.

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