Discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper batter gives ultimatum to PCB selectors

Discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper batter, Azam Khan hasn't played many games despite making his debut way back in 2021. He has played only eight T20I games so far.

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Discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper batter Azam Khan doesn't seem to be happy with being in and out of the team. Since making his debut way back in 2021, he has played only eight T20Is. Khan played in the five-match T20I series against New Zealand last month. Even though the right-hander has played in a lot of T20 leagues across the globe, he hasn't translated the same performances in international cricket.

Meanwhile, the wicketkeeper batter is playing for the 2023 finalists, Desert Vipers in the ongoing International League T20 2024. In a conversation with the franchise, the Islamabad United player in the PSL said that he gets hurt from the lack of chances at the highest level. He added that either he needs to be kept out of the team or given enough chances.

“In the last 4 years, I have made a comeback three times and I have never played a full series, so it hurts me a little that either you give me the full series or leave me out altogether, or don’t hang me in the middle, so I regret this thing,” Azam Khan in a candid discussion in a video posted by ILT20 franchise Desert Vipers.

I get complete opportunity when I play league cricket: Azam Khan

“I have always understood that when I play league cricket, I get a complete opportunity. They know I can win them games, so they are calling me here. That means either you are putting doubts in my mind that I am not good at this level, then it’s okay, then I will find my own way,” added Azam Khan, who is the son of former Pakistan cricketer Moin Khan.

“It is obvious that I play all my cricket with a full mindset, and when someone comes and puts doubts in it, then I get a little frustrated, because when I play with foreign coaches, they never make me feel like I am lacking something, but yes, when I play for the Pakistan team, I feel like I am lacking something because when I watch my batting, my innings, then I say that I am not less than any player,” Azam Khan said.

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